Drunk driving can lead to both criminal charges and a civil lawsuit against the intoxicated driver. Additionally, the business that sold alcohol to a drunk driver may be held liable if it served the driver when he or she was visibly intoxicated; this is known as “dram shop liability.” This, however, does not take any responsibility away from the driver who drove while intoxicated. If you have been in an accident involving alcohol or drugs, seek the help of a personal injury attorney who will explain your legal options.
Auto accidents not caused by the drivers
Sometimes, no matter how carefully you drive, you cannot avoid an accident. In certain cases, a vehicle’s manufacturing or design defect causes an accident or makes it worse. This might happen if, for instance, the brakes on your car fail or the airbag does not deploy when it should. The law of products liability applies in this situation, protecting consumers when products create an unreasonable risk of harm. If a product defect caused your injuries, you may have a case against the designer, manufacturer or distributor of the product.
Another responsible party could be a mechanic or technician who improperly repaired a car that caused an accident. Both the mechanic and the his or her employer could be liable in such a case.
Poorly maintained roads, messy and confusing construction, unclear signage, improperly designed roads and similar problems could also contribute to an accident. Government entities are typically responsible for the roads and highways, so they might be liable for accidents caused by the above factors. Special rules apply to lawsuits against government entities, and a lawyer will be able to explain them in detail.
Contact a personal injury attorney
It is important to take prompt action when you have been in a motor vehicle accident. This will help you preserve your rights and seek proper compensation for your injuries. Contact The Walthew Law Firm in Seattle, WA, to schedule a consultation with an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer.
If you are suffering from a personal injury, do not put off contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer. There is no reason for you to try to tough it out when it comes to pain and suffering, thinking that you can recover from your injuries on your own. Take the necessary steps that Western Washington residents have taken for over 80 years. Contact us for aggressive and compassionate advocacy when you need it most.