Unfortunately, there are individuals on the roadways who take your safety and their own for granted, by climbing behind the wheel of an automobile after they have had too much to drink. While there are criminal consequences for these individuals, the law also provides certain civil remedies if you are injured by a drunk motorist.
Throughout the United States, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities account for nearly 30 percent of auto accident fatalities. In 2016, more than 10,000 Americans died in these types of crashes. Though numerous efforts have been made over the past few decades to eliminate these avoidable tragedies, drunk-driving collisions still affect every demographic and economic group.
An aggravating factor is a reason why someone who has pled or been found guilty should receive a more severe sentence. It is also something that is used to increase the value of a claim above and beyond what it would have been had the aggravating factor not been present. When aggravating factors are involved in a claim, you are filing for punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded to reform or deter the defendant from repeating the reprehensible behavior that caused your damages and/or injury.
In some circumstances, there may be additional parties liable in your accident other than the drunk driver. It is possible that the person, party or facility that served the liquor to the driver may also be liable. The experienced drunk driver accident attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban investigate your claim and prosecute for the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve.
If you are injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver in North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia, call the offices of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban at (888) 351-1038 to discuss what we can do to help or contact us online.
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