People in the Austin area may have spent the Fourth of July attending a family barbecue or other gathering where they had a drink or two. However, while having a couple beers on the Fourth of July may be part of your holiday traditions, the holiday can be marred if you are involved in a drunk driving accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Independence Day sees some of the most fatal drunk driving accidents in the nation. According to the NHTSA, from 2014 to 2018, 812 people lost their lives in a drunk driving crash on the Fourth of July.
Unfortunately, summer sees many drunk driving accidents and the Fourth of July is no exception. When a fatal car crash occurs, the victim’s survivors may be left wondering how they are gong to make ends meet, especially if the victim was the main breadwinner in the family. In such situations, they may decide to pursue a wrongful death claim.
In a wrongful death claim, if it can be shown that a person died due to the negligent acts of another, such as drunk driving, and that negligence caused the victim’s survivors to suffer some sort of damages, the victim’s survivors may be able to pursue compensation.
Ultimately, the information in this post is for general purposes only and should not form the basis of any legal filing. If you had a loved one pass away after being involved in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, it may be time to seek professional advice so you can make sound legal decisions moving forward.