All drivers are required to follow the rules of the road when operating a vehicle. If they do not, accidents can happen and people can become seriously injured as a result. Negligent driving does not only put the driver in danger, but also everyone else on the road and puts them at risk for injuries as well as possible death. There are many ways poor driving decisions can be seen on the road, whether it may be distracted driving or dangerous driving. One of the most dangerous things a driver can do is to operate a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Driving drunk is one of the leading causes of serious traffic accidents that result in severe injuries or even fatalities. When a person drives under the influence, they are violating the law and putting everyone on the road in danger. If a person tests above the legal limit for alcohol while operating a vehicle, they may be charged with driving under the influence. In the state of Maryland, the legal limit is 0.08%. When this happens, that driver is violating their duty to provide the legal standard of care for others on the road. If drunk driving results in an injury or even the death of another person, the driver may be held responsible through a personal injury lawsuit. This may require them to face very serious consequences for their actions.
When an injury or a death happens because of a drunk driver’s negligent behavior, the driver can be held liable. This is for not only violating the rules of the road but harming another person in the process. If a case is successful, the injured party may be able to recover sizeable damages to compensate them for any of the expenses or wages that are lost as a result of the accident.
After an accident, the injured party usually suffers from this trauma. While many believe compensation only covers physical trauma, an individual may also be awarded emotional or psychological compensation as well for the trauma they endured. This means that the injured party may be eligible to receive both economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages can cover expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, and the need to hire outside help for the injured individual. Noneconomic damages can cover pain and suffering, the loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress caused by the incident.
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If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a car accident and seek legal representation, contact the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi today.
The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented clients who have been injured throughout the state of Maryland due to the negligence of another party for nearly 30 years. If you require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.