Someone who is impaired by alcohol but chooses to drive poses a serious risk to everyone on the road. People injured in car accidents caused by a drunk driver in Providence may be entitled to file a claim to seek compensation for the damages they suffered.
The types of damages that may be sought from a drunk driver include the following among others:
- Payment of medical bills.
- Payment of hospital bills.
- Compensation for rehabilitation costs.
- Compensation for lost income, both current and future.
- Reimbursement of other financial losses associated with the accident.
- Pain and suffering.
- Loss of quality of life.
- Wrongful death benefits.
Injuries in Drunk Driving Cases in Rhode Island
The range of injuries incurred in a drunk driving accident may range from relatively minor to very serious or even fatal.
Drunk drivers lack the ability to correctly control a vehicle, and often engage in extremely dangerous driving. Wrong-way driving, speeding, swerving out of lanes into oncoming traffic, running red lights and other reckless conduct is not uncommon.
Although the responsible driver may face criminal DWI charges, that is just one aspect of the case. Even if a drunk driver manages to avoid conviction in criminal court – or is never charged with DWI – this does not prevent victims from seeking compensation through a civil lawsuit. Civil and criminal liability for drunk driving accidents are separate matters under Rhode Island law.
Rhode Island Liquor Liability Act
Under Rhode Island’s Liquor Liability Act, a restaurant or bar may be held legally accountable if it serves alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person or someone under age 21 who then drives and causes an injury accident.
The law states that if the defendant knows, or should reasonably have known, that the person served was under 21, or if the defendant serves alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person, the defendant may be held responsible for an accident that results. The restaurant or bar may be required to pay damages to victims of the drunk driver they served.
The law allows for punitive damages in certain cases. These are damages intended to punish, and may significantly increase the compensation available.
Drunk Driver Lawsuit Experience
If you were seriously hurt in a car accident and you believe another driver’s alcohol consumption may have played a role, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, our experienced Providence accident attorneys have helped many injured victims obtain compensation after a collision caused by an impaired driver.
We invite you to review our client testimonialsand our representative case highlights, such as:
- $1.25 Million Total Recovery – Recovered on behalf of an adolescent who sustained traumatic brain jury and orthopedic injuries when hit by a drunk driver who had been negligently served alcohol in a local bar.
- $975,000 Total Recovery – Secured in a case against bar and drunk driver for family of injured adolescent.
Drunk Driving Accident Attorney at Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP
At Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP we have one simple goal: to obtain extraordinary results for each and every client. Our attorneys have decades of experience with getting extraordinary results for victims of traffic accidents. Since 1999, our firm has helped victims of collisions recover full and fair compensation. Find out how we can put that experience to work for you today by contacting us online any time.
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- Rhode Island Code: Rhode Island Liquor Liability Act