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Can a DUI charge hold a drunk driver liable in an accident?

Although our Thanksgiving celebrations have ended, this only marks the beginning of the holiday season. No matter what winter holiday residents in Pennsylvania celebrate, there is always a concern surrounding drinking and driving. Even if you have a safe route home or avoid drinking and driving, this does not always mean others are taking such precautions. And when an intoxicated driver takes to the road, this could cause a drunk driving accident.

Being a victim of a drunk driving accident can be an emotional and shocking event. It can happen suddenly, put a halt on your day, week, month or even year, could cause you to suffer severe injuries and could result in serious damages. In a brief second, a motorist could go from driving safely down the road to lying injured in their smashed vehicle, wondering what to do next.

Police officers will come to the accident site, initiating the investigation. If officers suspect that a diver was under the influence of alcohol, a driver might have to submit to a field sobriety test and even a breath test. Depending on the results of these tests, a suspected drunk driver could be charged with a DUI.

Can a DUI charge be used to hold a drunk driver liable in an accident? If a driver is charged with a DUI, victims in the crash could use this and other evidence to help hold that driver liable for the injuries and damages suffered in the crash. A police report, any evidence collected during and after the arrest and any witness reports could be used to hold a drunk driver liable.

A personal injury claim could help an injured victim recover compensation. This could help cover expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, and other related losses.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Drunk Driving Accidents," accessed Nov. 27, 2016

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