Drunk Driving Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, in 2013, there were 4,735 pedestrians killed and an estimated 66,000 injured in traffic crashes in the United States. A total of 4,653 traffic crashes each had one or more pedestrian fatalities. On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes. Alcohol involvement—for the driver and/or the pedestrian was reported in 49 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities in 2013. This is a staggering statistic, considering that alcohol-related deaths are entirely preventable.
In every state and the District of Columbia it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or greater. If you are injured by or lose a loved one in a drunk driving accident, it is especially important to obtain legal representation right away. At the Kocian Law Group, we aggressively pursue the rights of victims injured by drunk drivers. Under Connecticut law, people injured by drunk drivers can obtain compensation for pain and suffering, death, and economic losses. They may also recover punitive damages, which are damages intended to punish the drunk driver for reckless conduct in violation of Connecticut’s drunk driving laws. These damages can be double or triple the actual damages amount, depending on the severity of the offense and the conduct of the drunk driver. If you or someone you know was injured as a result of a drunk driver, the attorneys at the Kocian Law Group can take decisive and timely action to preserve your legal rights.
Dram Shop Cases
It is illegal to sell alcohol to an intoxicated person. Under Connecticut law, a person who sells alcohol to an intoxicated person may be held liable for damages the intoxicated person causes to another. In a situation involving a drunk driving fatality or serious injury, it is necessary to secure compensation from every available source, including any party who sold or gave alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person. To hold the alcohol seller or provider responsible, however, an injured person must give the seller legal notice within 120 days of the injury. Therefore, securing the help of legal counsel early in the case preserves this important right and helps secure compensation from all available sources. The attorneys at the Kocian Law Group can aggressively pursue not only the intoxicated driver, but also the seller of alcohol who served the intoxicated driver.
Contact a Connecticut DUI Injury Attorney at Kocian Law Group
The Kocian Law Group represents victims of drunk driving in all forums and pursues all avenues of recovery. Our firm has a proven track record in serious accident cases and has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for drunk driving accident victims and their families. While not every case against a drunk driver will involve a bar or club, you can be assured that the Kocian Law Group will aggressively pursue your claims against all responsible persons.