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Drunk driving accidents can cause trauma, personal injury, or wrongful death. If you or a family member suffered an injury in a car accident involving an intoxicated driver, you'll likely pursue the driver as responsible. Read on to find out how to best approach this situation and how I can help.

Drunk Driving Accidents | What You Need to Know 

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What Do You Consider as a Drunk Driving Accident?

"Driving under the influence" or "Driving while intoxicated," is the term for alcohol-related driving behavior. It is responsible for nearly a third of all traffic deaths in this country. Many of these drivers have driven drunk in the past.

Who Are Often Affected By Drunk Driving Accidents?

Drunk drivers are not only the cause of death and/or injury to themselves. Other affected people in this auto accident involves innocent drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

Anyone who causes an auto accident while driving under the influence of alcohol is 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 other involved parties may also be considered negligent or liable.

Who is Liable for Drunk Driving Accidents?

Those who provided alcohol could also be liable for the accident. There are laws in many states that impose liability on establishments like bars, clubs, restaurants, or hotels that serve liquor improperly. In such cases, a business must exercise due care by not serving a customer who is obviously drunk.

Other People Liable in Drunk Driving Accident Cases
  • Those who provide alcohol to a driver or let the drunk driver use their car.
  • In some states, the host may also be liable if he continues to allow a guest to consume any alcoholic beverage after the guest has displayed signs of being under the influence.
  • For further information on statutes that govern people who provide alcohol to intoxicated individuals, including intoxicated minors see California Dram Shop Law

To understand more about the effects of drinking and driving, watch this video from Inside Edition. It tells the story of a man who survived a car accident involving a driver under the influence of alcohol:

Sacramento Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

I'm Ed Smith, a Sacramento Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer. Driving under the influence of alcohol can lead to unfortunate scenarios for all parties involved. Drunk driving accidents are unpredictable, so always prepare yourself just in case. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a DUI/DWI accident in Sacramento, immediately call me at 916.921.6400 or 800-404-5400. You can also contact me online for free, friendly advice.

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