The Reality of Driving Drunk
Approximately one-third of traffic deaths in the United States are attributed to intoxication of drivers on the road.
People who drive drunk often repeat the behavior, risking their own lives as well as the lives of others on multiple occasions.
Unfortunately, drivers who are under the influence of alcohol are on the roads more frequently than one might expect. In fact, reports have proposed that someone becomes injured in an alcohol-related automobile accident every other minute, with many of these drunk driving accidents resulting in a fatality. It is also reported that people who drive drunk often repeat the behavior, risking their own lives as well as the lives of others on multiple occasions. Alcohol fueled crashes claim the lives of an estimated one million victims each year.
Drunk Driving Can Cost You
Driving after one has consumed alcohol is legally referred to as “driving under the influence” or “driving while intoxicated.” This kind of behavior may warrant criminal legal action if a person is found to have engaged in it. If one drives while under the influence of alcohol and becomes involved in an auto. accident, they may be deemed negligent and found responsible for damages in civil actions as well.
Establishing Liability for Auto Accidents
A person is deemed negligent under the eyes of the law if they drive drunk and contribute to an auto accident while doing so, and is required to pay for resulting damages to an injured party; however others may be found responsible as well in certain circumstances. Some states hold liquor suppliers such as bars, nightclubs and other entities responsible if they do not exercise proper discretion in serving patrons who may appear to be intoxicated.
The Benefits of Hiring an Attorney
If someone has been injured as a result of an automobile accident where a drunk driver was negligent, it may be beneficial to contact a personal injury attorney knowledgeable in areas of automobile accident claims and motorcycle accident claims. This type of attorney can help an injured victim sort out the complexities of establishing liability for all who may be at fault and educate them about their legal options.
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