The numbers of drunk driving injuries and fatalities are beyond startling. They’re frightening. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30 people die every day in motor vehicle crashes involving drivers who had become impaired by alcohol consumption. That’s a death about every 51 minutes. Every two minutes, somebody is injured in a drunk driving accident. In 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded that about 300,000 people drive drunk every day. It found that only about 4,000 per day were arrested.
The most recent statistics
Drunk driving statistics for 2014 were released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the last quarter of 2015. As per the NHTSA, there were 9,967 deaths involving alcohol impaired drivers in 2014. Those fatalities accounted for an astounding 31 percent of all traffic fatalities. The scary fact is that the final numbers aren’t in yet for 2015, but the NHTSA says that deaths from alcohol impaired drivers in 2015 are up by 8.1 percent.
The criminal case against the drunk driver
If the drunk driver is caught by law enforcement, he or she will face a criminal prosecution. It’s unlikely though that a criminal prosecution will bring you the compensation for your injuries or the loss of a family member. You’ll need to file a civil case.
The civil case against the drunk driver in Rhode Island
The civil case against a drunk driver is entirely different than a criminal prosecution. The civil courtroom is where you bring your case for damages as a result of the wrongful acts of the drunk driver. Damages might consist of but not be limited to:
• Past and future medical bills
• Past and future lost earnings
• Pain and suffering
• Permanent disability
• Permanent disfigurement
• Funeral and burial expenses
• Punitive damages
The civil burden of proof in Rhode Island
In the criminal case, the prosecution must prove the drunk driver guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In a civil case, the burden of proof is lower. You need only prove your case by a preponderance of the evidence. Drunk driving accidents in providence are preventable because people choose to get behind the wheel after drinking. We’re experienced, aggressive, successful but compassionate. Victims of drunk driving crashes deserve to be fairly compensated.
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