Fighting For Victims Of Drunk Driving Accidents
Based in Salem, our attorneys at Usera & Snow, P. C. have extensive experience handling personal injury claims arising from drunk driving accidents. We understand that being involved in an accident with a drunk driver often triggers feelings of anger and frustration on top of the typical stress of dealing with a motor vehicle accident. Our accident lawyers are sensitive to these emotions, working to lessen our clients’ burdens through effective representation and comprehensive legal support.
Drunk Under The Influence Of Intoxicants (DUII) Accident Claims
Despite heightened public awareness of the dangers of drunk driving and increasingly strict regulations and harsh penalties, drinking and driving remains one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in Oregon. Regardless of the circumstances that led to the accidents or what injuries occurred as results of them, alcohol-related crashes are rarely excusable because these accidents likely could have been prevented if the drivers had not driven while intoxicated.
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
In Oregon, a driver can be charged with DUII if they operate a motor vehicle while impaired by a substance. A driver is, by statute, presumed to be impaired if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or higher. Drunk driving accidents occur because alcohol impairs a driver’s judgment and reflexes, increasing the likelihood that they may cause an accident or be unable to avoid a dangerous situation. While car and truck collisions are the most common type of drunk driving accidents, others involve motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians and semi trucks. Injuries can be catastrophic, and traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, fractures and drunk driving accidents can also result in wrongful death.
Dram Shop And Liquor Liability In Oregon
A “dram shop” refers to a drinking establishment such as a bar, tavern, lounge or restaurant, or anywhere alcohol may be purchased and consumed on the premises. The Oregon Dram Shop Act can put liability on persons or drinking establishments that illegally sell alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated.
If an establishment or host served or provided alcohol to an intoxicated person when that person was visibly intoxicated and that person caused someone else’s injury or death, the at-fault individual or establishment that served them may be held legally responsible. However, establishing that the drunk driver was visibly intoxicated at the time that the alcohol was provided is often difficult. Our lawyers have successfully handled claims against alcohol servers and sellers, ensuring that our clients receive compensation from every potentially liable party.
Helping You Hold Drunk Drivers Accountable
If you have been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, our lawyers will do everything in their power to maximize your financial recovery, enabling you to afford the care you need for yourself and your family. Please contact us via email or by calling 503-868-4822 for a free initial consultation.