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Are Drunk Drivers Automatically At Fault After a Car Crash?

April 14, 2021   |   Posted by: Begum Law Group
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It’s no secret that drunk drivers cause crashes. However, are drunk drivers always at fault? Just because another driver was drunk, does that mean they automatically caused the collision and are 100% responsible? This is always the case. However, many people often assume that a drunk driver is automatically to blame for a collision.

Determining Who Is At Fault

Once a claim is filed with an insurance company, an adjuster will be assigned to the case and investigate. The adjuster will often speak to eyewitnesses, look at medical reports, review the police report, examine the damage done to both vehicles. After considering all factors regarding the crash, the adjuster will determine which driver should be at fault.

Part of the insurance adjuster’s investigation will be investigating if either driver failed to follow traffic laws. For example, it’s possible that in a car crash involving a drunk driver, the sober driver might be at fault as well. Let’s say that the drunk driver had the right of way at a 4 way stop. However, the sober driver turned into the intersection anyway and hit the drunk driver. In this situation, the sobber driver might have a significant level of fault in the car crash. However, this doesn’t mean the drunk driver doesn’t share any of the blame. On top of being partially responsible, the driver would face serious DUI charges.

Cases involving a drunk driver can get complicated, quick. If you have been in a collision with a drunk driver, you should contact a personal injury attorney right away. Choosing the right lawyer can help ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Don’t settle for less, and don’t let the insurance company convince you to take less than you deserve.

In a Serious Car Crash? Contact The Law Giant for Help

Any car crash can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. After receiving medical attention, contact Begum Law Group Injury Lawyers right away. We can handle the legalities of your case while you focus on recovering. With our skilled legal representation by your side, you may be able to secure full and fair compensation for your damages. Contact us at (866) 523-4167 to schedule a free case evaluation at our Brownsville, McAllen, or San Antonio offices.

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