Drunk Driving Increases on Halloween
Halloween is often associated with children in costumes collecting candy from neighbors. However, adults hold plenty of celebrations for Halloween, and many of these involve alcoholic beverages. While many revelers make the responsible choice to take an Uber home, others might decide to drive their cars after having too many drinks.
Law enforcement agencies often increase enforcement efforts on Halloween and other holidays, but they cannot identify and arrest every drunk driver before they cause harm. There is usually an increase in drunk driving crashes on Halloween, and innocent people can have their lives changed in an instant.
Holding Drunk Drivers Liable
If you sustain injuries in a crash caused by an intoxicated driver, it is expected that you want to hold them accountable for all the harm and expenses you experienced. The law allows you to seek damages from a drunk driver for the following and more:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings and lost future employment
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent impairments or disfigurement
- Punitive damages (in some cases)
Always call 911 after a crash, and if police officers believe that the other driver is impaired, they should arrest them, and the prosecutor can issue criminal charges for DUI. However, do not assume that the criminal case will address your losses as a victim. Judges might order the driver to pay restitution to you as part of their sentence, though this is often inadequate to cover your losses. Instead, seek legal help so you can take separate action in the form of an insurance claim and/or a personal injury lawsuit.
Learn How a Personal Injury Lawyer in Boca Raton Can Help
At the law firm of Rubino Findley, PLLC, our Boca Raton personal injury attorneys work to help clients hold drunk drivers responsible for accidents and injuries. Call 561.220.8464 or contact us online for a free consultation today.