Wrongful Death Lawsuits from a DUI Accident

People who get behind the while of a motor vehicle and drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs are taking their lives, and the lives of others on the road, in their hands. Some may be stopped and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) if they fail the sobriety tests. Others may make it home relatively unscathed and wonder how they got home when they wake up the next morning. Still others may get into an accident and seriously injure or kill themselves, their passengers, or those who happen to be traveling in a motor vehicle at the same time as the inebriated motorist.

Drunk driving/DUI accidents are not limited to major holidays such as New Year’s Eve, 4th of July, or Halloween, they can happen anytime someone has the bad judgment to elect not to take a cab home. Unfortunately, innocent bystanders are the ones who suffer the worst consequences of the driver’s poor decision making skills.

Rights of the Family Members

Family members of victims killed in DUI accidents have the right to sue the driver who suddenly ended their loved one’s life. In a wrongful death case, the person who caused the death is held responsible and ordered to pay restitution to the surviving family members. Family members with standing in a court of law have the right to file the suit and seek damages from the driver, if it is proven the driver was indeed driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Wrongful death cases are common in this instance as family members seek to punish the driver and reap financial damages. While money will certainly not bring their loved one back, it can help defray the cost of burial and allow the family to do good with the money—set up a scholarship fund or memorial fund.

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