HGD Partner Brandy Robertson recently recovered a $2.5 million-dollar wrongful death judgment against an individual who caused a head-on collision resulting in death. The defendant was driving erratically at a high rate of speed in the wrong lane of travel when they hit the victim head-on, causing fatal injuries. It was later discovered that the defendant was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the crash. The individual subsequently pled guilty to a murder charge for this fatal crash in criminal court and is currently serving time in prison for that conviction.
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one person dies every 52 minutes from drunk-driving crashes. Additionally, 56% of drivers involved in serious injury and fatal crashes tested positive for at least one drug. Impaired drivers cannot accurately assess their own impairment, which is why no one should drive after using any impairing substances. It is illegal in all 50 U.S. states to drive under the influence of alcohol or any potentially impairing drug – prescribed or over the counter. Driving while impaired by any substance puts the driver and everyone else on the road with them in harm’s way.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, don’t hesitate to contact Heninger Garrison Davis to understand your rights.