Drink driving can place a number of individuals at risk of serious injury or death, including passengers in the drunk driver’s car, pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists. The California Highway Patrol reports that approximately 24,000 people are injured annually in alcohol-related vehicle crashes.
Given the diminished reaction times and overall impairment of drunk drivers, drunk driving crashes often leave in their wake fatalities or victims with debilitating injuries. In these cases, the drunk driver will be liable for injuries caused because of an accident under a theory of negligence for operating a vehicle while under the influence.
Drinking establishments such as bars, restaurants, and nightclubs can also be held liable for death or injury arising from an impaired driving accident. Under California’s “Dram Shop Act” an injured party may hold drinking establishments accountable for serving individuals who later cause the death or injuries of another person(s) in an alcohol-related crash.
California Law Protects Individuals Injured by Drunk Drivers
A person injured due to an accident caused by a drunk driver may be eligible for compensatory damages including payment of medical bills for treatment of the injury, lost wages, compensation for permanent disability, emotional distress, compensation for property damage, and other reasonable damages linked to the drunk driving accident.
If you have been injured as a result of a drunk driver’s negligence, contact the Law Office of Robert L. Starr for a free, confidential case evaluation.