Most personal injury or wrongful death claims don't make it to trial. Carefully prepared cases based on solid evidence can lead to successful settlement negotiations. When the responsible party is a huge automobile manufacturer and the circumstances involve a product recall for safety reasons, it's not surprising that the parties end up in court.
Despite all of the known dangers and thousands of deaths each year, drunk driving remains an unfortunate reality in today's society. Federal laws against those over 21 driving with a blood-alcohol level of more than .08 and a recent increase in the seriousness of the penalties associated with drunk driving have helped, but these consequences often come too little too late for those killed or injured in these types of accidents.