Drunk drivers pose a serious risk of bodily injury, not only to themselves but also to other drivers and the passengers in the vehicles they are driving. The convenience and comfort that is involved with driving a car also carries with it the obligation and duty to drive in a safe, responsible manner. When someone decides to drive a car with an illegal amount of alcohol in their bloodstream, they ignore that obligation and should be held accountable for any injuries they cause. This may take the form of criminal charges for the drunk driver’s behavior, but this alone does little to compensate a victim for the injuries they sustained. Often times, the best and only way for a victim of a drunk driver to recover money damages for their personal injuries is through a successful civil lawsuit.
This is the decision that a family of a Framingham, Massachusetts resident now face after their loved one was killed by a drunk driver. Patrick Stratton was only twenty-five-years-old when he walking through a crosswalk on Route 9 when a 1999 Nissan Maxima came speeding down the road. Police told wcvb.com that the Nissan was being driven by thirty-three-year-old Jason Theriault. Theriault has been charged with motor vehicle homicide by reckless and negligent operation and operating under the influence. While these charges mean that he may face multiple years in prison, it does little to compensate Stratton’s family for their tragic loss. Stratton’s family, however, is able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Theriault to compensate them for their emotional trauma and Patrick’s funeral costs.
If you or a family member have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your physical and emotional injuries. Please contact one of our expert personal injury lawyers, including our drunk driver injury attorney experts, who will work tirelessly on your case. Our firm has an exceptional reputation for recovering millions of dollars in personal injury damages for our Massachusetts clients. Call us at 617-787-3700 or email us at email@example.com to learn more about your options in a free and confidential consolation.