If you or someone you love has been injured in a drunk driving motor vehicle or pedestrian accident, a lawyer can help you file a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault individual for monetary compensation and damages.
Halloween can be an extremely enjoyable time for children and adults. Many children wear costumes and go trick-or-treating, while adults usually attend concerts, parties, and other functions in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Unfortunately, this presents an opportunity for adults to consume alcohol, and in some cases, get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while intoxicated. When an intoxicated driver operates a motor vehicle, there is a significant chance that he or she will cause an accident with another motor vehicle or pedestrian. In the process, the accident victim can suffer a serious injury, including soft tissue injuries, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, bone fractures, and even death.
The skilled team of San Francisco personal injury lawyers at The Cartwright Law Firm, Inc. can assist you with pursuing monetary compensation for the injuries which you or a loved one suffered in a Halloween drunk driving accident. We can hold the at-fault driver accountable and pursue the justice you need. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can assist you with handling your personal injury legal matter.
How Drunk Driving Leads to Motor Vehicle and Pedestrian Accidents at Halloween
Choosing to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a surefire way to cause a collision with another motor vehicle or pedestrian. Because alcohol is a depressant, consuming it slows down the functioning of a person’s central nervous system. When a drunk driver gets behind the wheel, his or her reaction time may slow, preventing the drunk driver from being able to react quickly to a roadway situation that arises, avoid a hazard, or stop in time to avoid colliding with a pedestrian or another motor vehicle.
Alcohol also leads to blurry and impaired vision, causing a driver to swerve rapidly or weave in and out of traffic – sometimes at a high rate of speed.
Taking Legal Action against an Intoxicated Driver
If you suspect that the driver who hit you was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you should first notify the responding police officer so that he or she can note those observations in the police report. In cases where a drunk driver receives a citation or is ultimately found guilty of a drunk driving offense in criminal court, the accident victim who sustained injuries may not need to prove fault in the civil case. Violating a criminal statute often qualifies as negligence per se. An injured accident victim will need to demonstrate that he or she was injured and that the accident was a cause of the injury or injuries sustained.
Speak with a San Francisco Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident that occurred on Halloween, the legal team at The Cartwright Law Firm, Inc. is ready to assist you. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a San Francisco personal injury attorney, please call us at (415) 433-0444 or contact us online today.