“Driving Under the Influence” (DUI) and “Driving While Intoxicated” (DWI), are the terms for alcohol-related driving behavior, responsible for nearly 1/3 of all traffic deaths in the United States. Frequently, these impaired drivers are repeat offenders according to the National Department of Transportation. Their habitual destructive and devastating behavior inflicts a heavy burden of death and/or injury to not only to themselves, but to innocent victims as well. DUI Accident Lawyers fight to make sure these innocent victims are compensated for the selfish and reckless act of DUI and DWI offenders.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), over 1.4 million drivers are arrested annually for driving under the influence. The group further explained that 30-35% of all traffic deaths can be connected to a driver who had drugs or alcohol in their system when behind the wheel.
Sadly, the problem is habitual, as about 1/3 of all DUI arrests are repeat offenders. In addition, this behavior is strongly connected to age. Those between 21-25 years old commit 24% of the incidents and the rate declines steadily for each age group older than 25 according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Anyone who causes an accident while driving under the influence of alcohol or another substance is considered negligent. Sadly, this is of little comfort to those who endure serious injury or loss of a loved one in alcohol-related accidents. Serious compensation, while owed to these victims, may never make up for the physical and emotional costs endured. A driver convicted of DUI has the liability to pay for all damages, but may not be the only person considered negligent or liable.
Third Party Liability
Providing the alcohol may also serve as grounds to be considered negligent and liable for damages. Many states have laws that 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 who subsequently has an accident that injured or killed another. The host of a party may be liable in some states if he or she continues to allow a guest to imbibe after it is obvious the guest is intoxicated.
Seeking Legal Aid from a DUI Accident Attorney
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury as a result of a DUI/DWI accident, contact a DUI Accident Lawyer at The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP at 1-800-624-8888 or submit an InjuryLawyer.com online free case evaluation. The initial consultation is FREE of charge. If we agree to handle your case, there are no legal fees unless we are successful in getting you money.
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