Based in Salem, attorneys at Harris, Wyatt & Amala 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 accident lawyers are sensitive to these emotions, working to lessen our clients’ burdens through effective representation and comprehensive legal support.
Drunk Driving (DUII) Accident 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.
Blood Alcohol Content (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 while impaired by a substance. A driver is, by statute, presumed to be impaired if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is .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 drunk driving accidents can also result in wrongful death.
Dram Shop And Liquor Liability In Oregon
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 may create liability on persons or drinking establishments that illegally sell alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated.
If service or sale results in someone’s injury or death, the at-fault individual or establishment may be held legally responsible if the establishment or host served or provided alcohol to the intoxicated person when that person was visibly intoxicated. However, establishing that the drunk driver was visibly intoxicated at the time the alcohol was provided is often difficult. Our lawyers have successfully handled claims against alcohol servers and sellers, ensuring that our clients receive compensation from every potentially liable party.
Helping You Hold Drunk Drivers Accountable
If you have been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, our firm 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 us via email or by calling 866-364-4872 for a free initial consultation.