We all know how dangerous drinking and driving is. And those who read our blog know that it is possible for the victim of a drunk driving accident to seek compensation for injuries and other damages suffered in the accident. What are your options, though, if the drunk driver does not survive the accident?
Over the weekend, a head-on drunk driving accident left one person dead and two others injured. The Tennessee Highway Patrol says that a 29-year-old driver was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he crossed the center line of a road in Kodak, striking an oncoming car. He did not survive the crash, and the driver and passenger of the car he hit were injured.
While we would never make light of a situation in which someone is killed in a car accident, often the victims who survive end up saddled with medical bills that they cannot afford. In some cases, a victim is forced to take unpaid leave from work in order to recover, which can push him or her even deeper into debt. Some may think they have no options to seek compensation because of the injuries someone else caused. That, however, is not true.
In fact, it is possible for a victim to seek compensation from the estate of someone who caused an accident that resulted in injuries. While it may seem unusual, the fact that the individual is no longer with us does not diminish the challenges that a victim who survived may be facing. Seeking compensation from an estate, however, can be a complex process, so it is best to talk to an attorney who is familiar with personal injury claims.
Source: knoxnews.com, “Man killed in Sevier County wreck,” April 14, 2014