Drunk Driving Accidents
Do You need a Sacramento Area Attorney Because You Were Injured by a Drunk Driver?
If you or a family member was injured in a Sacramento car accident involving a drunk driver, you'll likely be looking to pursue that driver for the injuries he or she caused. If you find yourself in this situation, please read on to find out a little more about how you can approach this - and how I can help. Call me at 916.921.6400 or contact me online for a FREE, no obligation consultation.
"Driving under the influence", or "Driving while intoxicated", is the term for alcohol-related driving behavior. It is responsible for nearly 1/3 of all traffic deaths in this country. Many of these impaired drivers are repeat offenders.
Drunk drivers are not only the cause of death and/or injury to themselves but to innocent drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
Anyone who causes an auto accident while driving under the influence of alcohol or another substance is considered negligent.
Unfortunately, this is of little comfort to someone who has sustained injuries or lost a loved one in an alcohol-related accident. The driver convicted of DUI is responsible to pay for all damages, but may not be the only person considered negligent or liable.
This is where drunk driving car accidents get a bit more complex.
Other People Who May Be Liable in Drunk Driving Accident Cases
Those who provided the alcohol may also be considered negligent and liable for damages. Many states have laws which impose liability on bars, clubs, restaurants, or hotels which supply liquor improperly. In such cases, a business is expected to exercise due care and not to serve anyone who is obviously drunk.
Even someone outside of such a business may incur liability for supplying liquor to a driver or providing the car the drunk driver was using.
Even the host of a party may be liable in some states if he continues to allow a guest to consume alcohol after it is obvious the guest is under the influence.