It seems impossible to go a day without witnessing or hearing of impaired drivers on Louisiana roads. Drunk driving is a real problem in this state and across the country. Anyone who has suffered any form of personal injury at the hands of a drunk driver may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.
December is quickly coming to a close, but it seems right, with New Year's Eve coming up, to touch on the fact that it is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. This time of year more people will be heading out to social gatherings where alcohol will be in rich supply. Sadly, a number of these individuals will try to drive after drinking rather than making other arrangements to get home. Because of this decision, some innocent bystanders may get hurt or even lose their lives.
According to the National Commission Against Drunken Driving, roughly 17,000 people in the United States have died in drunk driving-related collisions in the last two decades. Another 700,000 plus individuals have been injured in such events. People may think that it is not a big deal when they get behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol, but these numbers show that is not true.
Anyone in Louisiana who has suffered a personal injury or lost a loved one in a drunk driving-related accident may utilize legal means to seek compensation for their losses. For their cases to be successful, they need to establish that the party deemed responsible for their losses acted in a negligent manner. In cases where this is done to the satisfaction of the court, victims or their families may be awarded monetary judgments that cover any documented losses.