You are a safe driver. You always buckle your seatbelt. You are one of those people who adjusts your rearview mirror every time you get into the driver's seat. You use your turn signal and keep plenty of space between you and the car in front of you.
You do your best to be a safe driver, but you can't control other drivers on the road. Other drivers could be distracted or worse.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 30 people die in the U.S. everyday due to an alcohol-impaired driver. If you are hit by a drunk driver, you could be severely injured. It is easy to become angry. You are an innocent victim who suffers from someone else's mistake. If you are injured, you will have medical bills. You may have to undergo numerous treatments for your injuries. In some cases, you may never fully recover. An accident with a drunk driver could drastically change your life.
If you are injured by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensatory damages. These damages could include:
- Medical expenses and future medical care expenses
- Lost income and loss of future earnings
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Drunk driving is reckless. You may be able to seek punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages. This compensation is meant to punish the person responsible.
You can take action to encourage others to drive safe. If you have friends who plan on drinking, make sure they have a safe ride home. Incorporate a designated driver system within your group of friends. Make sure your friends are aware of public transportation options. Program taxi company numbers into everyone's phones and understand how to use other ride share applications.
You do your best to be a safe driver and can help friends make good driving decisions as well. Last year 307 people in Arizona were killed by drunk drivers. You and your friends can do your part to lower this statistic for the coming year.