Car wrecks caused by impaired or intoxicated drivers are more common than we would all like to admit. The law provides criminal and civil penalties for these offenders, and at Templeton Law Firm, we are well-versed and experienced in pursuing justice for victims of this reckless and grossly negligent behavior. Many times the degree of harm or injury in these cases is severe, often resulting in death and dismemberment of innocent persons and families. As such, the law not only allows for the recovery of medical expenses, lost earnings, and non-economic damages, but also for recovery of punitive or exemplary damages, which are designed to punish offenders and prevent similar future behavior and incidents.
Evidence gathering in these sorts of cases is crucial. Elements of such evidence at trial or in a mediation presentation often include police officer's reports, blood alcohol and toxicology reports, police officer testimony, video and audio evidence, photographs, and the like.
Certain classes of cases may also implicate owners of establishments where alcohol is served. These are called "Dram Shop" cases, and upon certain proof of violations of the standard of care and other administrative standards for bars and restaurants, we can hold these establishments liable and seek additional compensation for our clients. Moreover, holding offending bars and restaurants liable for these incidents encourages them to institute more comprehensive training for their servers and bartenders, making our community a safer place to live.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident and injured by a drunk driver, call our offices today. We will help you.