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Your Rights as the Victim of a Drunk Driver

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Your Rights as the Victim of a Drunk Driver

DWI's in DelawareOf all serious motor vehicle accidents, the ones that could have been easily avoided are always the most difficult to cope with. When someone exhibits extraordinary negligence, they must be held accountable for their actions. This is particularly true when it comes to a person who has chosen to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated. There are so many options available to the public that when a drunk driver causes a serious accident, there is absolutely no plausible excuse.

Avoid the Problem

First, we will quickly focus on the vast number of ways people avoid driving while intoxicated. These methods are extremely well-known, yet they bare repeating for the sole reason that so many people still make the poor choice to drink and drive. Having a designated driver is the most obvious way to avoid this situation. Have a friend hold your keys, or take a cab or an Uber out to the party. Only allow yourself to drink within walking distance of your home or other desired residence. And always avoid “beer runs” by purchasing your alcohol while sober, beforehand.

Handling Negligence

Nevertheless, there are always those who will neglect the aforementioned simple methods of avoidance, and choose to get behind the wheel while drunk, anyway. For that reason, far too many people are injured or killed because of someone else’s blatant disregard for other people’s safety. Those people must be held responsible for providing the financial recovery of their victim’s injuries. After being the victim of an accident because of an intoxicated driver, you must always contact an attorney first and foremost.

The laws in Delaware are very specific when someone decides to show their negligence in this manner. Driving while intoxicated applies not only to car crashes but trucking accidents, planes, buses, boats, ATV’s, etc.  The laws are cut and dry to a degree, but there are always further complications that your qualified and experienced attorney can handle for you. Obviously, the intoxicated driver is fighting a losing battle, but there are more avenues to your claim that should be explored for your rightful benefit.

Often times, multiple parties play a role in the cause of an accident involving a drunk driver. Typically, intoxicated drivers are returning home from a party or a bar, and each and every person who contributed to the drivers’ drinking needs to be held accountable as well. Bars and other establishments that promote and serve alcohol automatically assume responsibility in the event of an accident. If a bar or restaurant, etc. keeps serving someone alcohol after they are obviously intoxicated, that establishment will be held partially responsible should the patron cause injuries to others with their vehicle.

\At Edelstein, Martin & Nelson, we have the experience you need when going up against a well-insured establishment. Bars and the like have highly experienced representation, and you will need the same should you have to fight for compensation in a court of law. Being injured by a drunk driver causes extreme financial and physical loss, and you should never have to worry about being compensated for your pain and economic recovery. If you have been injured due to the recklessness of an intoxicated driver, call 800-300-0909 to schedule a free consultation today.

Sources:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving

https://www.dmv.org/de-delaware/automotive-law/dui.php

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