Here’s a sobering statistic: 35% of all fatal car accidents are caused by drunk drivers. Here’s another: the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day sees the highest number of fatal drunk driving accidents.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by a drunk driver, these statistics likely aren’t surprising.
Driving while under the influence is a crime that is punishable by fines, license suspension, and more. Repeat offenses may even result in jail time. Criminal charges, however, don’t do anything to help families dealing with the loss of a loved one. For that, you need to take legal action on your own.
When you lose a loved one in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, you are entitled to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. This action is separate from and not influenced by criminal proceedings. Talking to an attorney is a good way to determine if your case qualifies for civil action.
With a wrongful death suit, surviving family members can seek compensation for damages related to the loss of their loved one. These may include:
- End of life expenses
- Loss of future income
- Loss of retirement/401k benefits
- Loss of companionship
- Mental anguish
- And more
Some of these damages can be calculated. Others, such as the loss of companionship, simply cannot. When you file a wrongful death suit, you can seek damages above those that are provably financial to help secure the future your family deserves.
Losing a loved one in an accident can be extremely difficult. Having a law firm on your side that understands this is essential. The thoughtful, compassionate, and caring attorneys at Brown & Brown have decades of experience helping families in the Greater St. Louis area seek fair compensation following the loss of a loved one. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you, free of both cost and obligation, to discuss your rights and your options.