No matter what, it’s always a bad idea to get behind the wheel when intoxicated. That doesn’t always stop drivers from doing so, though.
Take, for example, this case out of Florida in which an allegedly drunken driver struck and killed a man who was launching fireworks in the street. The 30-year-old man driving the vehicle then sped away, leaving the victim in the roadway after dragging him a short way into a nearby intersection.
The victim, a 29-year-old man, had been setting off fireworks at the time of the collision. He was rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center prior to passing away early that morning. The hit-and-run driver was caught and arrested. He is facing a DUI charge, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Fleeing the scene only makes these cases worse
Drivers should be aware that fleeing only makes cases like this worse. They will face harsher penalties as a result of their actions, and the injured victim may suffer more significant complications as a result of delayed medical attention.
As the victim of a hit-and-run crash, it is your right to pursue compensation against a hit-and-run driver after they hit you. Even if a driver stays at the scene, someone who is intoxicated behind the wheel or who struck you after making a mistake should still be liable for your injuries and the costs associated with them.
Your attorney can help you fight for compensation if you’re hurt or if you lose a loved one in a crash involving a drunk driver or a driver who initially fled the scene.