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Car accidents: What should I do if I believe the other driver was intoxicated?

On Behalf of | May 5, 2023 | Car Accidents |

Intoxication often dulls a driver’s senses and reaction times and can increase their risk of being in an auto vehicle accident. Unfortunately, a car crash sometimes affects not just the intoxicated individual but also unsuspecting motorists and pedestrians, and it might also damage property.

But what should you do if you are in a car accident and believe the other driver was drunk? The following tips can help you in the event you decide to the hold the other driver accountable through a civil lawsuit.

Items on site

Certain items at the accident site, such as empty beer containers near the driver’s seat, might cast doubts about the at-fault driver’s sobriety while they operated their vehicle.

Police report

Law enforcement generally documents car accidents through a police report. This report details the incident, including the involved individual’s behavior and state of drunkenness.

Blood alcohol concentration (BAC)

Law enforcement usually performs blood alcohol tests after a car accident to verify the involved persons’ intoxication levels. They often include these tests’ results in their report.

Driver’s behavior

Sometimes, the at-fault driver’s mannerisms might indicate how drunk they are. Sleepiness, lack of attention and coordination, and stumbling are frequent signs of drunkenness.

It is critical to note that just because a driver had a few drinks does not automatically mean they are at fault when they suffer a car accident. For instance, they will likely not be responsible for a car crashing into their parked vehicle.

An advocate who specializes in the intricacies of personal injury law can help you navigate these and other issues. They can also help you build a case that holds the driver who was responsible for the accident accountable for their wrongdoing.