It is against the law to drive under the influence of alcohol in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Yet, Virginia is not complying with all of the federal requirements to fight drunk driving, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
Accordingly, the federal government has informed Virginia that the Commonwealth will be required to spend $21.4 million of its federal highway funds on safety programs this year. This money will need to be spent on anti-drunk driving campaigns or other highway safety improvements, instead of on road and bridge construction.
You May Have the Right to Recover Regardless of Virginia’s Criminal Laws
The federal government is referring to criminal law when it finds that Virginia’s drunk driving laws fail to meet federal mandates. If you have been hurt by a drunk driver in Virginia, then you may have the right to file a civil personal injury case, alleging that the drunk driving was negligent and thereby caused your accident injuries. This type of case is independent of any criminal case brought by the Commonwealth of Virginia and of any penalties imposed by a criminal court.
Call a Front Royal Drunk Driving Attorney for Help
In order to recover fair and equitable damages for your drunk driving injuries, it is important to get the legal help that you deserve. For more information about your rights and to get started protecting your potential legal recovery, please call an experienced Front Royal drunk driving lawyer today at (540) 636-7100 or (888) 534-5346.