An intoxicated driver is a dangerous driver. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs increases the chance of a traffic accident. Even though California has strict DUI laws, thousands of drivers across the state choose to ignore those laws each day. Sadly, some of those drivers cause Sacramento DUI accidents that result in severe injuries and death for innocent victims.
Failure to yield the right of way is a common cause of traffic accidents in Sacramento. In addition to receiving a traffic ticket, a driver who fails to yield the right of way might be liable in a civil action if the failure to yield causes a car accident.
What Causes a Failure to Yield Accident?
Drivers must yield the right of way in numerous situations. Failing to yield the right of way means that the driver must stop and wait for other drivers or pedestrians to clear the way before proceeding. If a driver does not stop and causes a collision, the driver is at fault.
During 2017, over 3,200 teen drivers were involved in fatal car accidents. Teen drivers are less experienced and may not be ready to handle the responsibility of driving a vehicle in all situations. They are less mature and may not have a fully developed ability to judge risks and consequences. For that reason, parents need to discuss dangerous driving behaviors with their teen drivers. Discussing the risks associated with poor driving decisions can help teen drivers avoid dangerous driving behaviors.
With the high cost of car insurance, it is not uncommon for drivers to search for ways to lower their car insurance premiums. Shopping around for car insurance is one way to reduce insurance premiums. Using one insurance company for all your insurance needs is another way to save money on car insurance. A new way to save money offered by some car insurance companies is by using an insurance tracking device to document safe driving for discounts.
If you are injured in a California DUI accident, you may wonder how you prove that the drunk driver is liable for your injuries and damages. Proving liability in a DUI accident may not be as easy as you assume. Even if the driver is convicted of a drunk driving charge, you must prove that the driver caused the car crash that resulted in your injuries. Proof of intoxication is not the same as proof of liability for a car accident. Our Sacramento DUI accident attorneys understand the legal elements of liability and how to investigate a DUI crash to obtain evidence of fault and liability.
Proving Fault and Liability in a DUI Accident
When we investigate a DUI accident, we want to determine how the crash occurred and who was responsible for the factors that led to the cause of the crash. For instance, if a car crash is caused by a driver turning left in front of another driver, we must determine which driver had the right of way to determine liability for the collision. In a drunk driving accident, the process is the same.
The basic elements of a negligence case typically apply in a drunk driving accident. Those elements are:
- Duty — All drivers owe a duty of care to others to operate their motor vehicles safely.
- Breach of Duty — A driver who operates a motor vehicle while intoxicated is typically assumed to have breached the duty of care. However, we must also prove that the driver failed to operate the motor vehicle safely. In other words, what did the driver specifically do to cause the crash? While being drunk increases the risk of a collision, a drunk driver could potentially be the victim of a car crash.
- Causation — The crash must have resulted in your injuries. If you were not injured, you do not have a claim.
- Damages — You must have sustained damages as a result of the car accident. You can only recover compensation for damages incurred because of the DUI accident.
Our legal team conducts a thorough investigation, which may include retaining experts to assist us in proving that the drunk driver was responsible for causing the crash that resulted in your injuries.
Damages in a DUI Accident Case
DUI accidents can result in traumatic injuries and life-threatening conditions. Many victims sustained significant financial losses, in addition to their physical, emotional, and mental pain and suffering. Medical expenses and loss of income from a drunk driving accident claim can total hundreds of thousands of dollars, especially in cases involving permanent impairments and disabilities.
Our legal team works with you and your doctors to document your injuries, expenses, and losses. If you sustained a permanent disability, we might also work with medical experts and financial experts to calculate your future damages accurately.
Contact a Sacramento DUI Accident Attorney for Help
If a drunk driver injures you, you need an experienced legal team on your side to fight for full compensation for all damages.
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with a Sacramento drunk driving accident lawyer.