It is not uncommon for those 21-years-old and older to partake in consuming alcohol beverages. Although it is not illegal for these individuals to have a few intoxicating beverages, it is illegal for these individuals to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. Even if a driver presumes that it is fine for them to operate a car, this does not mean that he or she is under the legal limit. Additionally, this could cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle or do another negligent act, resulting in a serious or even fatal accident.
Encountering a drunk driver is not something Connecticut drivers think about every time they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Unfortunately, though, some motorists believe that they are fine to operate a vehicle after they have consumed alcoholic beverages. Whether a person is over the limit or not, this alcohol use could greatly impair his or her ability to safely operate an automobile. Thus, even if it is not clear if alcohol is a factor, victims of a car crash should consider this a possible cause and a reason to try to hold a negligent driver liable.
Unexpected life events can happen at any time. While some of these events are positive and exciting, others are tragic and devastating. While motorists in Connecticut seek to protect themselves from harm by following the rules of the road, this defensive driving does not always protect them from the negligence of another. No one expects to encounter a drunk driver, and they certainly do not expect to suddenly be involved in a drunk driving crash.
Getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is a common activity, often done several times a day. While many drivers in Connecticut consider the risks and dangers associated with driving, most continue with this routine activity with little to no thoughts about risks because they follow the rules of the road. Although driving safely can help many drivers avoid automobile accidents, this unfortunately does not help them evade negligent drivers. And one of these negligent drivers is a drunk driver, and drunk driving accidents have the tendency to be tragic.
Connecticut residents who are hurt in car accidents can face serious financial hardship. After all, a car wreck can leave a victim with unexpected medical expenses, lost wages due to an inability to work and noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering and disfigurement. These individuals are oftentimes able to recover compensation for their damages, but doing so requires filing a successful personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver. This can be difficult for a number of reasons.
Drunk driving has long been a problem both in Connecticut and in the United States as a whole. Extensive efforts have been made to curtail this dangerous activity, from increased public safety and awareness campaigns to stricter penalties for those who drive while intoxicated. Yet, for many years, there hasn't seemed to be much change with regard to drunk driving, but a recently released study does show some promising figures.
Now that we are amidst the holiday season, many Connecticut residents will find themselves attending many social occasions where alcohol flows freely. While many individuals are able to responsibly enjoy alcohol, others are either incapable of doing or erroneously think that they are being safe when they are not. When this happens, innocent motorists can be put in harm's way, and a drunk driving accident can leave them with serious injuries. In some instances, these wrecks are fatal.
If you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit after a Connecticut drunk driving accident, you'll need to ensure your claim is as persuasive as possible. You need to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant was responsible for your injuries, but there are many evidentiary issues that can derail your claim and your right to compensation.
Typically, criminal law and civil law work independent of each other. However, especially when it comes to rules of evidence, there is a lot of crossover. One area in particular where this can be seen is drunk driving. In a personal injury lawsuit against a drunk driver, as in a criminal prosecution against such an individual, proving impairment can be key to victory. In both types of cases, establishing the chain of custody with regard to tests and test results is important. Failing to properly do so could lead to a flawed case and a losing position.
Most Connecticut residents are well-aware of the dangers posed by drunk driving. Yet, despite this knowledge, many still choose to drink and drive. Some may know that they are too intoxicated to drive but decide to do so anyway, while others may wrongly think that their abilities are unimpaired, and they can thus operate their vehicle in a safe fashion.