Liability for drunk driving accidents can be complex

On Behalf of | May 12, 2016 | Motorcycle Accidents

Unfortunately, drunk drivers can cause a number of different types of motor vehicle accidents including motorcycle accidents, car accidents and truck accidents. Victims of drunk driving accidents may be left unexpectedly facing serious physical, financial and emotional damages. While drunk drivers may be responsible to compensate victims of drunk driving accidents for the damages they have suffered, other parties may be liable to the victims as well.

When a drunk driver has harmed victims in a drunk driving motorcycle accident, they may be liable for the harm the victim has suffered and it is important to note that citations and criminal charges can commonly be used as evidence that the drunk driver was negligent. In addition, other parties, such as bar owners, restaurants or concession stand vendors, may also be liable to victims if they were responsible for over-serving a drunk driver. When determining if a party is liable for failing to refuse to serve alcohol to an individual already intoxicated, which resulted in a drunk driving motorcycle accident or other type of accident, witness accounts can be used to demonstrate liability so it is important to promptly record witness accounts of the circumstances prior to the drunk driving accident.

Many parties and important considerations can be involved in a drunk driving accident and resulting claims for damages, including insurance companies which can sometimes be challenging to work with. This can be true even when victims are working with their own insurance companies and when the drunk driver was uninsured or underinsured. Insurance companies are commonly involved, however, in the process of ensuring victims are properly compensated for the harm they have suffered.

Victims of drunk driving accidents may be entitled to receive compensation from different parties for the physical, financial and emotional harm suffered in a drunk driving accident. It is important to consider every aspect of a drunk driving accident and liability for the accident to ensure victims are protected by the personal injury process.