Drunk driving accidents are declining across the nation, but Washington continues to score above the national average when it comes to the percentage of driving fatalities in which alcohol impairment played a role. Since 1959, the vehicle accident attorneys at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, LLP have fought for victims of drunk drivers. Our experienced legal team focuses all our resources in an effort to obtain the maximum compensation possible.
It is theoretically possible for a person to drive drunk, get into a traffic accident and yet not be responsible for the damage. A sober driver may have run a red light or performed some other unsafe maneuver. However, given society’s attitude toward drinking and driving, the sober driver is going to get the benefit of the doubt, unless there is clear and convincing evidence to the contrary. Despite Washington’s laws on comparative negligence, a finding that a driver was legally impaired is often tantamount to finding liability.
In the normal course of a non-injury accident, the drivers would move their cars to a safe location and exchange identifying information, including insurance documentation. But when one of the drivers appears intoxicated, it’s best for the sober driver not to engage. Instead:
If you or someone in your vehicle sustains an injury, it becomes even more crucial not to engage the drunk driver. Your justifiable anger may distract you from your most important task at hand: getting medical assistance for the injured party. Follow the steps cited above — requesting an ambulance when you call the police — and provide first aid to your injured party as you wait for help.
If a drunk driver injured you or a loved one, Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, LLP is ready to help. Our seasoned car accident attorneys will evaluate your case for free. To schedule a consultation, call us at 253.383.5388 or contact our office online.
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