Drunk Driving Accidents in Rhode Island
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Licensed drivers are obligated to practice safe driving techniques to protect the lives of those around them. Unfortunately, when a person operates a vehicle while intoxicated, not only is it dangerous, it is also considered a crime. If you were injured after being involved in a car accident with a drunk driver, it is imperative to obtain legal representation from a qualified personal injury lawyer.
At Inman & Tourgee, we are committed to recovering monetary damages on behalf of our clients. With more than 125 years of collective experience, our Rhode Island injury attorneys have a thorough understanding of state driving laws to help you navigate through the complexities of the legal system.
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Who is Liable for Drunk Driving Accidents?
In most cases, drunk drivers are held liable for causing accidents, injuries, and even fatalities since they put themselves in a position to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. However, drunk drivers are not the only ones who can be held accountable.
According to “dram shop” laws, licensed liquor establishments that over-serve intoxicated motorists can be held financially liable for ensuing drunk driving accidents. Bartenders, servers, and other staff members must be all properly trained to identify signs of impairment and take steps to avoid serving alcohol to patrons who are intoxicated.
Establishment subject to dram shop liability include the following:
- Social clubs
- Sports arenas
- Liquor stores
In addition, Rhode Island has laws that make “social hosts” liable for specific drunk driving accidents. For example, if the social host serves alcohol to a minor who subsequently causes a drunk driving collision, in many case, the social host will be held liable for the victims’ injuries. Drunk driving victims might be eligible to recover compensation from multiple sources.
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Our Rhode Island car accident lawyers at Inman & Tourgee can investigate the accident and gather crucial evidence necessary to develop an effective and personalized legal strategy. We are prepared to fight tirelessly for you while you make the best recovery possible from injury.
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