Numerous individuals in Connecticut and elsewhere have been injured or lost their lives in accidents with drunk or otherwise impaired drivers. DUI-related auto accidents occur daily. Those who are negatively affected by such incidents may be entitled to seek financial compensation for any damages sustained.
According to available statistics, of all the fatal accidents that occur across the country every year, 32 percent of them can be attributed to intoxicated driving. Sadly, many of these fatal collisions take the lives of teenagers and young children. Thousands of others are injured by impaired drivers every year. In fact, it is believed that two in three people will be involved alcohol-involved collisions during their lifetime.
Public safety campaigns are often conducted to bring awareness to this issue. However, despite an increase in public education regarding the dangers of driving while intoxicated, millions of drivers admit to driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs every year. At the end of the day, it is a choice, one that numerous individuals fail to recognize can have life-altering consequences for themselves and the others with whom they share the road.
Those in Connecticut who have been negatively affected by drunk or otherwise impaired drivers may not know where to turn. Such incidents can create a number of financial, physical and/or emotional challenges that can be difficult to overcome. With the assistance of legal counsel, a victim or -- in the event of fatality -- surviving family members may seek financial compensation for associated losses. Though taking civil actions may not be easy, if successful, relief may be awarded that can help victims or their families move forward.
Source: ncadd.org, "Driving While Impaired -- Alcohol and Drugs", Accessed on May 1, 2016