The FBI reports that over 1.4 million people were arrested in the United States for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
A large number of legal issues occur when a drunk driver hits a pedestrian. These issues can be both criminal and civil. The driver can face serious charges, fines and jail time that may include manslaughter as the crime.
Can the pedestrian that was hit sue the Driver?
If the driver was negligent (drunk driving is negligent) grounds for a lawsuit are affirmed.
How much compensation can the injured party receive?
Of course it depends on the extent of the injuries. But generally, lawsuits are intended to compensate for all losses attributable to the accident. The calculation, however may be more complicated based on:
- lost wages
- pain and suffering
- medical expenses
- loss of normal life
Call and tell us what happened in your auto accident at (216) 771-1144. Or schedule a consultation.