Drunk or Drugged Driving Accidents FAQs

Q: What is considered Drunk Driving?

A: A motorist whose blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 percent or above can be charged with a (DUI) driving under the influence. A driver under the age of 21 can be arrested for driving under the influence with their blood alcohol content is as low as .02 percent.  Commercial drivers can be arrested at .04 percent or above.

Q: What kind of damages may I receive as a victim of a drunken driving accident?

A: As a victim in a drunk driving accident you may be entitled to damages.  These may include lost wages if you become disabled and cannot work, medical bills for treatment of your injuries, physical or emotional pain and suffering, vehicle repair expenses and more.  You may also be entitled to double or triple damages, plus your attorney fees.

Q: How can a lawyer help me with my drunken driving accident?

A: If you are a victim of a drunken driving accident, the law firm of Jackson O’Keefe will help in your time of need.  A lawyer will handle aspects of your case which includes: Collecting police records that prove the other driver’s level of intoxication, gathering evidence including witness statements and medical records, investigating the accident, including how, why, and where it happened, negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf, and pursuing punitive damages in addition to other compensation.

Q: Can some by found to be negligent if they are found to be drugged driving which is linked to a lawful medical prescription?

A:  Just because a driver is involved in an accident due to prescription drugs, does not mean they can avoid liability because their medication was prescribed by a doctor.  Over the counter drugs and prescriptions have warning labels specifying that they can cause impairment and that someone should not drive or operate machinery.  

Q: Can a passenger in a car driven by a drunk driver sue if they were injured in an accident?

A: In many circumstances, such a claim can be made. A driver owes a duty to all of the vehicle passengers, as well as to other drivers and pedestrians.

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