Driver Blames DWI Arrest on Outcome of Election
A Minnesota woman gave law enforcement authorities a novel excuse for her behavior late last year: the outcome of the election. According to a report published by the Huffington Post, after smashing into a vehicles stopped at a stop light the day after the election, the woman told officers that she was upset about the outcome of the election and should be allowed to go home. A breath test later showed her blood alcohol content (BAC) to be more than four times the legal limit.
Drunk Drivers are Subject to Civil Liability as Well
While most of us are familiar with the fact that people who drive drunk can be prosecuted criminally, less commonly understood is that victims of accidents caused by drunk drivers are often entitled to legal compensation from the driver (or his or her insurance, more commonly.) Drunk driving accidents are capable of causing extremely serious injuries, including the following:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
- Crush injuries
Fortunately, in most cases, the fact that a driver was drunk when an accident occurred is sufficient to establish legal liability for any losses that victims suffer. As a result, it is typically not necessary to go to court in these kinds of cases, as the only issue that needs to be resolved is how much money the victim will receive.
The Importance of Retaining an Attorney for Settlement Negotiations
If you learn that your case will not need to be litigated, you may be tempted to forgo retaining a lawyer and to represent yourself in settlement negotiations with the insurance company. It is important to understand that the insurance company is under no legal obligation to make you a fair offer and may try and take advantage of the fact that you are (presumably) unfamiliar with determining how much a case is worth. For this reason, if you have been hurt in an accident caused by a drunk driving, it is advisable to contact an attorney prior to communicating with the insurance company handling your case.
Call an Alpharetta Car Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
If you have been hurt in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. For a free consultation with an Alpharetta car accident attorney, call Boling Rice LLC today at 770-355-0780 or contact us online.