How does drinking and driving lead to wrongful death?
Wrongful death lawsuits are brought upon parties who have directly caused the death of someone else. DUI can, and unfortunately often does, result in someone losing their life. When someone is drinking and driving and kills another person, they can be sued for wrongful death and, pending proof of negligent or impaired driving, can be made to pay out to the surviving parties.
Other parties that may be sued in the event of a DUI resulting in a death can be the establishment that sold the alcohol to the driver prior to their leaving the premises or even the person who served the impaired driver. The employer of the driver may also be held liable, if the driver was operating a work vehicle during work hours.
In order to file a wrongful death suit following a DUI collision, the representatives of the deceased victim must show that the survivors have suffered financially or emotionally as a direct result of the accident. This can include proving loss of income (especially if the victim was the household provider), loss of companionship (typically for a spouse), or showing medical bills that need to be paid.
Contact the compassionate wrongful death attorneys of Malman Law for further advice and help.