According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 27 people are killed daily in car crashes because of drunk driving. The NHTSA estimates one out of three people will be involved in such an accident during the course of their lives. Injuries caused as a result of drunk driving could have been easily avoided.
Drivers under the influence of intoxicants are negligent. In Connecticut, a victim of drunk driving is liable for compensation.
Complications in claiming compensation
Although compensation is awarded to a victim of drunk driving, the process requires extensive investigation and preparation. Sometimes, even if the driver gets arrested, the charges may be reduced if he makes a deal with the court. If the driver enrolls in an alcohol education program, then successful completion of the program wipes away the record.
In order to prove the defendant wrong:
1. Notify the police about the injury so they can make a report. This can help preserve evidence, such as blood, breathalyzer test, and field sobriety test.
2. Get the help of a toxicology expert to prove the driver was intoxicated. This becomes necessary when a settlement is not reached, and the case heads to trial.
Auto Accident Attorney, Connecticut
At The Reinken Law Firm, our auto accident attorney in Danbury, CT will diligently represent injury victims and families in drunk driving cases. They can meet with you at our office, home or hospital if needed. To know more, call 203-491-4404 or complete our online form.