Frequently Asked Questions About Drunk Driving Accidents
Q: What should I do if I am involved in a car accident with a drunk driver?
A: If you are injured in the accident, seek medical attention immediately. If you fear other people may have been injured, call for help. You also should contact the police and get a copy of the police report. As much as possible, document the accident by taking careful notes about the accident, including the names and contact information of any witnesses and your recollection of what happened. If you decide to take legal action, these notes can be invaluable to your case.
Q: Can people other than those involved in a drunk driving accident bring a lawsuit for that accident?
A: Yes. Legal representatives and family members of someone injured or killed in a car accident can bring a lawsuit. In certain circumstances, close family members who witnessed the accident also may bring a suit. These parties may seek compensation from the drunk driver or third parties, such as the vendor who sold the alcohol to the intoxicated driver.
San Jose Drunk Driver Liability Attorney
California auto accident lawyers at the Injury Law Center - Law Offices of Jack Bloxham represent victims of drunk driving accidents in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are four Injury Law Center locations where you can expect dependable free advice about your options when you find yourself a victim of an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident.
Collisions caused by drunk drivers also often involve problems of uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance coverage, where it's necessary to proceed against your own insurer for compensation. Our experience in drunk driving accident litigation enables us to identify all possible alternatives for compensation from every available source.
The information below is general and may not apply to your case. For specific information about your situation, we invite and welcome the opportunity to speak with you. Please call us toll free now at 1-800-300-8561.
Drunk Driving Accidents - An Overview
Those who were harmed by the drunk driver's acts also can sue him or her to recover for their losses. These losses can include medical bills, property damage and lost wages, among others. Typically, anyone directly harmed by the driver, such as pedestrians, other motorists and passengers, can bring a civil action. If the accident resulted in a fatality, the family and/or estate of the deceased may bring a wrongful death suit.
Actions against drunk drivers are usually negligence actions. Drivers owe a duty of care to their passengers and other motorists to operate their vehicles safely. Intoxicated drivers are held to this same standard. If a drunk driver breaches his or her duty and injures another person or damages property, the driver can be held liable for his or her actions.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, call today to schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can review your case and discuss your legal options with you.
Civil Claims for Drunk Driving Accidents
In addition to the criminal charges drunk drivers may face, they also may incur civil penalties for any property damage or personal injury they caused as a result of driving drunk.
Third Party Liability in Drunk Driving Cases
The drunk driver may not be the only party liable for injuries to innocent parties in drunk driving accidents. Those who provided the alcohol to the driver or had the opportunity to prevent the accident also may share responsibility.
Dram Shop Acts
If you were injured by a drunk driver after he or she left a bar, restaurant or other place serving alcohol, you may have a claim against that establishment under a dram shop act.
Defenses to Drunk Driving Injury Claims
The defenses to civil drunk driving claims can vary by state and the circumstances of each case. The information provided here will give you a brief overview of some of the defenses that may be claimed. An experienced personal injury attorney can evaluate your claim and help you plan accordingly.
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