According to drunk driving statistics published by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, someone is hurt in a drunk driving crash every 90 seconds. When people suffer temporary or permanent disabilities as the result of negligence in drunk driving accidents, they often want to exact some justice for their injuries, as well as receive adequate compensation to make them whole again. While most people understand that such situations can and do result in successful lawsuits, many do not know that they can sue more than just the irresponsible driver. Below is a basic discussion of the parties that might be named as defendants in a drunk driving lawsuit.
The Intoxicated Driver
It is somewhat obvious that a drunk driver can be sued for behaving negligently. If the intoxicated driver is tested and discovered to have a blood alcohol content that is above the legal limit, a lawsuit for compensation may be relatively straightforward. However, since some of these drivers are uninsured and do not have enough in assets to cover damages that are ordered by a court, plaintiffs may need to look elsewhere to recoup the financial losses they sustained as a result of their injuries.