Drunk Driver Accidents
Indiana, along with the rest of the country, prohibits drivers over the age of 21 years old from operating a vehicle if they have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more. Drivers who have not reached 21 years of age face even more severe restrictions, as they are not permitted to drive with any measurable amount of alcohol in their systems. Although these laws were put in place to protect drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, and anyone else on the road, a surprising number of people still get behind the wheel while intoxicated, causing thousands of accidents across the state every year.
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 2,210 people lost their lives in accidents involving a drunk driver in Indiana between 2003 and 2012. This is an alarming statistic for residents and visitors to the state, as it does not take into account the number of accidents that don’t result in death, but cause devastating, and often permanently disabling injuries.
Fortunately, those who are injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers can recover damages from the at-fault party to compensate them for related medical bills and lost wages. To learn more about your own eligibility for compensation, please contact one of our experienced drunk driver accident attorneys in Fort Wayne today.
Filing a Lawsuit in Civil Court
Unlike criminal courts, which are tasked with punishing those who violate the law, the goal of civil courts is to compensate accident victims by awarding damages, of which there are two main types: compensatory damages and punitive damages. The former can be broken down further into two categories of compensation: economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages compensate injured parties for easily calculable losses, such as medical expenses related to the accident, which could include compensation for:
- Ambulance services;
- Overnight hospital stays;
- Prescription medications;
- Physical therapy or other rehabilitation costs; and
- Medical devices.