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Who can be held responsible for a drunk driving accident?

Accidents can be caused by many things including poor road conditions, inattentive drivers and weather. It is even more upsetting when the cause is alcohol. Drunk driving accidents could have been prevented if the driver didn't get behind the wheel of their vehicle. Once the damage is done, you may want to file a claim. But before you move forward with seeking compensation from the party at fault, stop and consider who exactly contributed to the accident.

Typically, when an accident occurs, all parties will be looked at. In many cases, when there is suspected alcohol involved, it was the drunk driver who caused the accident. Due to them being impaired, drunk drivers make poor decisions when they are behind the wheel and may engage in dangerous and reckless actions that can cause an accident. These reckless actions may be the cause of the accident, and the drunk driver will be the one at fault.

Although drunk drivers are often the ones held responsible when they cause an accident, there are others who can be held liable including the establishment that served the drunk driver. Because this establishment served them alcohol and failed to prevent them from driving while intoxicated, they too can be at fault for the accident. In this particular situation, these are known as "dram shop" laws. Proving this type of case may be difficult.

Whenever anyone is involved in a car accident, they should consider filing a claim against every party who is liable. You have been hurt by someone's decision to drive while drunk and it is not fair. An attorney can help you with the filing process and answer questions you may have about drunk driving accidents and receiving compensation.

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