DUI Accidents: Can I Hold an Impaired Driver Liable?

By Peter DePaolis

If you are injured or your loved one is killed in a drunk driving accident, you need to contact our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible.

Keep in mind, driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) are not only criminal offenses—drivers who operate a vehicle recklessly can also be held civilly liable for any injuries or deaths they cause.

In situations involving drunk drivers, our attorneys can file civil lawsuits against the responsible parties, which is separate from a criminal case. In fact, if you have been injured in a car accident due to another motorist being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you should hold him or her liable—this sends a message that this type of behavior is unacceptable.

Unfortunately, on November 1, a 17-year-old was killed and five people were injured after a car crashed into a disabled vehicle on I-495 in Rockville. According to the AP, a disabled Honda Accord was on the right shoulder of the highway when a Jeep Compass going eastbound crashed into it.

One adult and four juveniles were occupying the vehicle that was hit, with one person dying. The driver of the Jeep showed signs of being impaired, according to media reports. An investigation into the accident is ongoing.

A Drunk Driver Has Injured Me. Can I Sue?

Our injury lawyers will work hard to prove that a driver acted negligently and caused your accident if he or she was intoxicated at the time of your crash. Remember, even if a person is found criminally “not guilty” for a drunken driving accident, you can hold him or her liable if negligence contributed to a crash.

Call us today if a drunk driver has negatively affected your life. Our attorneys help victims in Fairfax County, Prince William County, Loudoun County and Arlington County.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

Sponsored by: Attorney William P. Lightfoot

Source: http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/rockville/2014/11/01/rockville-fatal-accident/18313173/

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.