Video has emerged of a crash between a Connecticut Transit bus and a New Haven police cruiser. Footage from cameras on the bus shows the police cruiser slamming into the bus door and transit riders being jolted out of their seats and knocked to the floor.
We call them drunk driving "accidents," but the reality is that intoxicated drivers make the decision to get behind the wheel despite the risk of hurting themselves and others. A crash can then lead to criminal charges and a claim of personal injury or wrongful death, and victims of drunk driving should be aware of their legal options for holding wrongdoers accountable.
Under Connecticut law, drunk drivers and the bars or restaurants that served them can be held liable in civil court if the driver's actions caused another person's injuries. Proving liability can be a complex matter, though, and the families of victims often don't know where to turn, especially if their loved one died while riding in a car with an intoxicated driver.
We wrote last week about the possible penalties a negligent or reckless driver could face in criminal court, and about the choice injured parties or their families have to file a civil lawsuit seeking compensation for damages.