Drunk Driving Accidents

Seattle Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Legal Representation After a Drunk Driving Injury in Washington

A drunk driving accident is a terrifying and traumatic experience that can leave you with serious injuries or the loss of a loved one. At Carpenter & Zuckerman, our Seattle drunk driving accident attorneys understand the fear and uncertainty you are experiencing after a collision caused by a drunk driver. We are here to help you understand your rights and legal options, and to provide the guidance you need to navigate the legal process.

If you or someone you love was injured by a drunk driver, call (425) 585-4009 or contact us online to request a free consultation with our team.

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What is Considered Drunk Driving in Washington State?

In Washington State, drunk driving is governed by laws that prohibit operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in Washington is 0.08%. This means that if a driver's BAC level is at or above 0.08%, they are considered legally impaired and can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI).

However, it's important to note that even if a driver's BAC is below 0.08%, they can still be charged with DUI if they exhibit signs of impairment and their ability to drive safely is compromised. This is often determined through field sobriety tests conducted by law enforcement officers.

Additionally, Washington State has stricter penalties for drivers under the age of 21. For those under 21, the legal limit is much lower, typically around 0.02% BAC. This zero-tolerance policy means that any detectable amount of alcohol in their system can result in DUI charges.

Proving Liability in a Drunk Driving Accident

Proving liability in a drunk driving accident in Washington involves gathering evidence to demonstrate that the intoxicated driver's actions directly contributed to the crash and resulting damages. Here are the key steps typically involved in proving liability:

  • Police Report: The police report filed at the scene of the accident is often a crucial piece of evidence. It may include statements from witnesses, observations made by responding officers, and any preliminary assessments of fault.
  • Field Sobriety Tests: If the driver was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, law enforcement officers likely conducted field sobriety tests. Documentation of these tests and any subsequent breathalyzer or blood tests revealing the driver's BAC level can be significant evidence of impairment.
  • Witness Statements: Eyewitness testimony from individuals who saw the accident occur can provide valuable insight into the events leading up to the crash and the behavior of the intoxicated driver.
  • Medical Records: Medical records documenting injuries sustained by the victims of the accident can help establish the severity of the crash and the extent of damages suffered. These records may also include blood alcohol test results if conducted at the time of treatment.
  • Social Media and Electronic Records: In some cases, evidence of the driver's intoxication or behavior leading up to the accident may be found on social media or electronic devices. This could include posts, messages, or photos indicating the driver was drinking prior to driving.
  • Prior DUI Convictions or History: If the driver has a history of DUI offenses, this information may be relevant in establishing a pattern of behavior and demonstrating negligence or recklessness.

By gathering and presenting this evidence, plaintiffs can effectively demonstrate the liability of a drunk driver in causing the accident and seek compensation for their injuries and losses through a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Should I speak with the other party's insurer?
    No, we will take care of that. They will likely offer you a lower settlement than you deserve. Further, you run the risk of saying something that an insurer can use against you, leading to a diminished claim.
  • Can I seek property damages in my car accident case?
    Yes.
  • Can a third party be responsible for my injuries in a car accident?
    Yes, if they are responsible for causing the accident. For example, if a defective part leads to an accident, you may be able to seek compensation from the part's manufacturer.

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At Carpenter & Zuckerman, our Seattle drunk driving accident lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of negligence, including those harmed by drunk drivers. We have handled many of these cases before and have a proven track record of success. Our attorneys have a deep understanding of the law, the legal process, and how to effectively advocate for our clients.

If you were injured or your loved one was killed by a drunk driver, call or complete our online contact form to get started with a free, confidential consultation.

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