Drunk driving accidents can cause serious harm to victims. A Maryland car accident involving a suspected impaired driver and six vehicles is currently being investigated. The multi-vehicle accident occurred when a man driving a pickup truck crossed the center line, striking a dump truck which resulted in an accident involving 6 other vehicles. The driver of the vehicle that crossed the center line was airlifted to the hospital following the car accident. A victim in another vehicle was also transported to the hospital for treatment.
Though the driver was not charged, charges are pending and alcohol is suspected to have contributed to the accident. Police are consulting with prosecuting authorities and the accident remains under investigation. Criminal charges may be used as evidence of negligence if a personal injury claim for damages if brought against the drunk driver. As a result, a drunk driver may face both criminal penalties and other types of legal consequences associated with a drunk driving accident.
When victims of a car accident have been injured by a drunk driver, they have important legal resources to be familiar with. Victims of a drunk driving accident may be able to pursue a claim for damages against a drunk driver. Victims may suffer medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages while families of a victim killed in a fatal drunk driving accident may face medical and funeral expenses, loss of support and services and pain and suffering damages.
What is important to keep in mind is that different legal protections and options are available to victims harmed by a drunk driver recover compensation for the damages they have suffered. Victims should be familiar with these options and how they may be able to help them through the physical, financial and emotional struggles that follow an unexpected drunk driving accident.
Source: Baltimore.cbslocal.com, "MD 140 Near Baltimore, Carroll County Line Closed After Crash," Oct. 16, 2017