Pedestrian Rights in Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving is a serious issue that may result in critical injuries for both the driver and other individuals on the road. Although many drunk driving accidents occur between two or more automobiles, they may also occur when an intoxicated motorist hits a pedestrian. If you are a pedestrian who has been in crash with a drunk driver, it is important to know your rights.
Any pedestrian who is involved in an accident with a drunk driver can sue the driver for negligent activity. If a pedestrian is struck by a drunk driver and dies from injuries sustained from the accident, the surviving family or a designated representative of the decedent’s estate has the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver.
Should you file a lawsuit against a drunk driver and win your case, you may be able to receive reparations for medical expenses, lost income and future earnings, pain and suffering and rehabilitations costs. A jury will rule on what compensation amount is most appropriate for your case. Once a lawsuit comes to a close, the drunk driver or his or her insurance company will be responsible for paying your award.
Over 1.4 million people in the U.S. are arrested each year for drunk driving. Drunk drivers can face serious penalties such as fines, loss of their driver’s license and time in jail. If a drunk driver’s actions cause the death of another person they also can face manslaughter charges. To increase their safety, pedestrians should remain vigilant while walking and if an accident should occur it may be helpful to seek the counsel of a legal professional.
After a serious drunk driving accident in the Atlanta area, contact a dedicated personal injury lawyer at McMenamy Law LLC right away.