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Many lives have been devastated by drunk drivers in Alaska

It is a criminal offense to operate a motor vehicle in Alaska with a blood alcohol level exceeding the legally accepted limit. Drunk drivers continue to be menaces on roadways throughout the United States. Such motorists often cause accidents, many of which result in fatalities.

Losing a loved one in a fatal drunk driving accident is obviously a tragic experience. In some situations, it may be that the driver had only imbibed a few drinks. However, alcohol affects different people in different ways; some are more adversely affected by small amounts than others. Regardless of how much alcohol a driver consumed before a collision, if a family member has been killed as a result, there may be grounds for a lawsuit.

When an accident victim survives an injury, there may still be reason to file a civil claim against the driver deemed responsible. Depending on the circumstances surrounding an incident, a motorist may be criminally charged above and beyond any personal injury claim filed in connection with an accident. In situations where a driver has been charged with a crime, evidence from the case can be used to help substantiate a civil action.

Those who have been injured or lost loved ones at the hands of drunk drivers in Alaska may be able to seek recovery for their losses. An attorney can investigate a particular situation to check whether any criminal charges were indeed filed following an accident. Guidance can then be given as to how a recovering victim or immediate family member of a fatal victim may use information pertaining to a criminal case as part of a civil claim.

Source: FindLaw, "Examples of Two Drunk Driving Cases", Accessed on Sept. 27, 2016

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