Many of us make decisions that we regret. However, the decision to drink and drive is one that should never be made because of the serious injuries such a decision may cause. Certainly the risks one takes when getting behind the wheel under the influence must be apparent by the plethora of tragic drinking and driving related accidents in the news. In spite of this, incidences of drinking and driving continue to occur every day.
There is no exception in the state of Connecticut. Recently another unfortunate and potentially life-changing drunk driving accident occurred in Chicopee, Connecticut.
A Connecticut man was charged with drinking and driving as well as leaving the scene of an accident after his alleged involvement in a two-car accident on the 1400 block of Memorial drive, according to Connecticut authorities.
Both the driver of the other vehicle and the alleged drunk driver were brought to Baystate Medical Center for the treatment of injuries. Thankfully, according to sources, none of the injuries were life-threatening.
The accident is still under investigation by police, but, in Connecticut, anyone injured by a negligent driver may be eligible to make a legal claim. In order to be successful in a claim, one must be able to prove the defendant owed a duty to the defendant - that of acting as a reasonable person while on the road - that the defendant breached that duty and that such breach caused the victim's injuries.
A drunk driving civil case can often be a complicated form of litigation that requires extensive accident investigation including accident reconstructionist analysis.
Source: Mass Live, "Man arrested after 2-car crash in Chicopee," Aug. 2, 2012