Posted on Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 11:47 pm
Many adults enjoy Halloween festivities as much as children. While children focus on trick-or-treating, some adults focus on Halloween parties that involve more adult-themed treats, including alcoholic beverages. Sadly, some party-goers will choose to get behind the wheel of a car even though they are impaired by alcohol. If you drive while drunk, you are placing yourself and all others on the road in danger.
Below are tips that can help you avoid a DUI accident this Halloween.
Tips to Avoid a Halloween DUI Accident
Obviously, the best way to avoid a DUI accident is never to drink and drive. Other tips that can help you avoid an accident include:
- If you are attending a Halloween party or going out with friends, you should have a designated driver.
- If you are impaired, call someone for a ride or use public transportation.
- Remember that walking while you are drunk can be dangerous. It is better to call a friend or take a cab instead of walking home.
- If you see a drunk driver, contact law enforcement to report the driver. Allow more room between your vehicle and the other vehicle because drunk drivers are unpredictable.
- Avoid driving late at night when the bars and clubs are closing or people may be going home. If you don’t need to be on the road, then don’t drive.
Who is Responsible for a DUI Accident?
If a drunk driver causes an accident, the same law applies to the liability for injuries as it does in other accidents. You must prove the other driver caused the collision to recover money for your injuries. While a drunk driver may face criminal charges and ultimately be convicted of those criminal charges, a personal injury claim is a civil matter. It may be uncommon, but a drunk driver can be involved in an accident he or she did not cause. If the sober driver was at fault, the drunk driver could not be held liable for damages.
Likewise, if you are partially at fault for the crash, you may not recover full compensation for your injuries. For instance, if you are speeding when a drunk driver turns in front of you, a jury might find that you contributed to the cause of the crash. The money you receive for your injuries and losses will be reduced by the percentage of responsibility the jury assigns to you for speeding.
Because you must prove fault to recover compensation for a DUI accident, we strongly urge you to consult one of our attorneys. We can help you obtain the evidence needed to hold the drunk driver responsible for your physical pain, lost wages, medical bills, property damage, and emotional stress.
Sacramento DUI Accident Attorneys
For a free legal consultation with a Sacramento DUI accident attorney, call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or visit our website. Our law firm serves clients in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills and other communities in the greater Sacramento area.