Salem Attorneys Fight for Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents
Based in Salem, Oregon, attorneys at Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC have extensive experience handling personal injury claims arising from drunk driving accidents. We understand that being involved in an accident with a drunk driver often triggers feelings of anger and frustration, along with the typical stress of dealing with a motor vehicle accident. Our Oregon accident lawyers are sensitive to these emotions, working to lessen our clients' burdens through effective representation and comprehensive legal support.
Drunk Driving (DUII) Accident Injury Claims
Despite heightened public awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, and increasingly strict regulations and harsh penalties, drinking and driving remains one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in Oregon. Regardless of the circumstances that led to the accident or what injuries occurred as a result, alcohol-related crashes are rarely excusable because the accident likely could have been prevented if the person had not driven while intoxicated.
Oregon Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
In Oregon, a driver can be charged with a DUII (driving under the influence of intoxicants) if he or she operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Drunk driving accidents occur because alcohol impairs a driver's judgment and reflexes, increasing the likelihood that he or she may cause an accident or be unable to avoid a dangerous situation. While car and truck collisions are the most common type of drunk driving accidents, they may also involve motorcycle crashes, bicycle accidents, pedestrians, and semi-trucks. Injuries can be catastrophic, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, fractures, and wrongful death.
Dram Shop & Liquor Liability in Oregon
An accident lawyer can explain to you that a "dram shop" refers to a drinking establishment such as a bar, tavern, lounge, or restaurant, or anywhere alcohol may be purchased and consumed on the premises. The Oregon Dram Shop Act imposes liability on persons or drinking establishments that illegally sell alcohol. A dram shop violation may include selling alcohol without a license, selling or serving to someone less than 21 years of age, selling to someone without a license or identification, selling after hours, or selling to someone obviously intoxicated.
If illegal service or sale results in someone's injury or death, the at-fault individual or establishment may be held legally responsible. In most cases, it is enough to show that giving alcohol added to the existing intoxication, and ultimately led to property damage or personal injury. However, establishing that the drunk driver was visibly intoxicated at the time the alcohol was bought is often difficult. Liquor establishments generally assert that a reasonable person would not have been able to tell that the person was obviously intoxicated. Our Oregon accident lawyers have successfully handled claims against alcohol servers and sellers, ensuring that our clients receive compensation from every potentially liable party.
Seek Experienced, Effective Representation
If you have been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, our Oregon attorneys will do everything in our power to maximize your financial recovery, enabling you to afford the care you need for yourself and your family. Please contact Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC for a free initial consultation.