Super Bowl LVI will be played in California on February 13th this year. The most-watched sporting event in the United States, many people will throw or attend a Super Bowl Party to watch the game with family and friends, enjoying food and drink while cheering on their preferred team. Some of the people who attend these parties will drive home afterward, even while drunk. A handful of these will injure or kill someone else in the process.
Studies have found a 22% increase in drunk driving accidents on Super Bowl Sunday when compared to the average Sunday throughout the year. Nearly a quarter higher than a typical day, this rate of accidents places everyone on the road in danger of serious or fatal injury. When you or a loved one suffers from the actions of a drunk driver, you are entitled to hold that person accountable for your injuries and to seek full compensation for all related damages.
Criminal vs. Civil Proceedings
Driving while intoxicated is against the law. When the BAC is above .08%, a driver can be arrested and may face criminal charges and proceedings. These have nothing to do with civil lawsuits involving injury or death.
When you are injured by a drunk driver, you can seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages, property damages, personal pain and suffering, and more, even if criminal charges are dropped or reduced. It is always a good idea to talk to an attorney as soon as possible after an accident to help ensure you are not waiving your rights or making decisions that can impact your ability to seek fair and full compensation.
Here to Listen
When you are injured or a loved one is killed in a drunk driving accident, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. Our experienced attorneys and staff are here to listen to your story, provide straightforward information about your options, and help you decide on the best path forward. Please call our St. Louis office at 314-333-3333 or our Illinois office at 618-888-8888 to schedule a free consultation and learn more.