Drunk Driving Car Accidents in Terre Haute

Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated is illegal. This careless behavior places the driver and everyone else on the road at risk of severe harm in an entirely avoidable collision. Even worse, crashes involving intoxicated motorists often involve high speeds and reckless maneuvers, making them even more catastrophic.

A dedicated accident attorney knows you have the right to seek damages through a civil lawsuit after an accident with an intoxicated motorist. Call us to discuss your legal options.

Holding Intoxicated Drivers Accountable

People operating cars with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) or more are guilty of driving under the influence (DUI) under state law.

Driving under the influence is dangerous because alcohol affects driving skills and abilities in many ways, including causing slower reaction times, impairing judgment, and causing vision, coordination, and concentration problems. Some common types of accidents caused by intoxicated driving include:

  • High-speed rear-end collisions when intoxicated drivers fail to stop.
  • Head-on car crashes when intoxicated drivers drift into the wrong lane.
  • Side-impact auto accidents when intoxicated drivers fail to yield.
  • Hit-and-run vehicle collisions.
  • Multi-vehicle pile-up and rollover crashes.

When an intoxicated person gets behind the wheel and causes a collision, courts should hold them accountable.

The Dram Shop Act

Indiana adheres to dram shop laws, meaning that under certain circumstances, an establishment or person who served alcohol to a negligent driver before a crash may also be liable for resulting damages.

A lawsuit based on these grounds must establish that intoxication was the proximate cause of an accident that caused bodily harm or death. The Dram Shop Act can mean a restaurant, bar, club, brewery, or liquor store may also bear liability for a drunk driving crash. A lawyer in Terre Haute can investigate the circumstances of a drunk driving car crash to determine if dram shop laws apply.

Call a Terre Haute Attorney After a Drunk Driving Car Crash

Operating motor vehicles after consuming intoxicating substances, such as alcohol, poses a danger to every driver, passenger, cyclist, and pedestrian on the road. When a negligent, intoxicated driver causes a crash where you or your loved one are harmed, you may be eligible for compensation. Our attorneys have experience handling drunk driving car accidents in Terre Haute and can help you collect the financial damages you are entitled to. Call now.


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