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Are Drunk Drivers Automatically At-Fault After a Car Crash?

Are Drunk Drivers Automatically At-Fault After a Car Crash?

When a drunk driver is involved in a car accident, most people assume that they were the ones who caused the collision. However, that isn’t always the case. For such reasons, people often ask if drunk drivers are automatically at fault after a car accident. Our Texas drunk driving accident attorneys explain how insurance companies determine who is at fault for an accident.

Determining Who Was at Fault for a Car Accident

Once a claim is filed with an insurance company, an adjuster will investigate to determine who is at fault for the accident. Adjusters often speak to eyewitnesses, look at medical reports, examine vehicle damage, and more to determine which driver should be at fault for the injuries and property damage.

The insurance adjuster will also investigate if either driver failed to follow traffic laws. For example, if the drunk driver had the right of way when turning right on a green light, but the sober driver turned left anyways and collided with the drunk driver, the sober driver might have a significant level of fault in the car accident. However, this does not mean the drunk driver wouldn’t share fault in the accident or wouldn’t face serious DUI charges.

Drunk Driving Accidents

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol with a blood concentration level of .08 percent or higher is considered a crime in Texas. Being involved in a car accident while under the influence can make the case more complicated. In cases where the jury is having trouble deciding who caused the accident, the fact that the defendant was drunk or on drugs could impact the outcome of the case.

If you were injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you can seek compensation for your injuries. Contact our Texas car accident attorneys today at (888) 273-1045 to schedule a case review!