This is a very festive time of year, and some people may have a little too much to drink before getting behind the wheel. We have had clients who were seriously injured from wrecks involving drunk drivers. Many of these accidents were severe, with injuries being catastrophic, and far too many of them have resulted in death. Drunk driving accounts for approximately one-third of all traffic related fatalities.
One option to avoid driving while intoxicated is to designate someone in your group to not drink any alcohol all night and let them take you home. If a designated driver is not available, call a cab or download a ride sharing app (Uber of Lyft) to take you home.
If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver there are several steps you want to make sure you take. Call the police immediately. The police will conduct an investigation and make a determination if the driver was impaired. Second, make sure to talk to a lawyer that handles auto accident cases involving DUI. Injury cases involving drunk drivers are oftentimes more complicated than other types of cases. Sometimes the establishment serving the alcohol can be held responsible for serving the individual if he or she is already visibly intoxicated. Conducting an investigation and securing any evidence (i.e. closed-circuit cameras) is crucial to prove liability.
If you were involved in a drunk driving related incident or have further questions, call us at (251) 300-2000 or stop by our offices anytime. You never need an appointment, and we’re staffed with injury attorneys who can meet with you during your lunch break or anytime between 8 and 5pm. You can also find us online at GeenePhillips.com.