In the city of San Luis Obispo, an auto accident caused by intoxicated/impaired driving is considered very serious, in part because this type of accident is entirely preventable. Drivers who operate their vehicles intoxicated have chosen to do so. When someone is injured in this type of accident or worse, killed, there are typically grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Intoxicated or impaired driving is when someone chooses to consume alcohol and get behind the wheel. People who are intoxicated have lower reaction times, have a reduced ability to make proper decisions, and have diminished motor function. All of these things are necessary to operate a motor vehicle safely. Not only may someone hurt someone else, but they could cause great harm to themselves and the passengers in their vehicle.
People who have been consuming alcohol have several options for getting home. Ride sharing providers like Uber and Lyft make themselves available for anyone around the clock. Taxi cabs, public transportation and even designated drivers are other options. There is no reason that people need to drive while they are intoxicated.
Any person who has been injured by a drunk driver is urged to consult with an attorney experienced in car accident, drunk driving and personal injury law. Knowing their rights can help these people determine if seeking compensation in a court of law is the right decision for their unique situation. If a family member has been killed in a drunk driving accident, the family may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.