Driving Under the Influence” (DUI) and “Driving While Intoxicated” (DWI), are the terms for alcohol-related driving behavior, which is responsible for nearly 1/3 of all traffic deaths in the United States.
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 could be connected to a driver who had drugs or alcohol in their system when behind the wheel. MADD furthers states that very 53 minutes on average, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash and every 90 seconds someone is injured because of this entirely preventable crime.
Anyone who causes an accident while driving under the influence of alcohol or another substance is considered negligent. 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.
Seeking Legal Aid from a DUI/DWI Accident Attorney
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury as a result of a DUI/DWI accident, contact Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Attorney Jason E. Payne at The Payne Firm, P.C. at 713-223-5100.
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