Posted on March 09, 2018 in Automobile Accidents
On February, 24, 2018 about 8:30 a.m. Discover Ferndale reported that emergency crews responded to a single-vehicle car accident in the 6100 block of Portal Way in Ferndale, WA. A Chevrolet SUV was found on its side in the snowy ditch after sheering off a fire hydrant. The driver, Dustin Severson, age 26, required no medical treatment and the fire hydrant did not produce a geyser. After an investigation, Severson was booked into Whatcom County Jail for taking his friend’s vehicle without the owner’s permission, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license and without a required ignition interlock device. Severson was released Sunday afternoon after posting bond.
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Tario & Associates, P.S. has more than 35 years experience representing victims of drunk driving car accidents. When you have been seriously injured through no fault of your own you may need a legal advocate who will fight for the settlement you deserve. Free consultations and no up-front fees make hiring a car accident lawyer the right choice for many victims. Contact us today!
Drunk driving car accident statistics
• In 2016, 891 people were killed in drinking and driving car accidents across the U.S.; representing 26 percent of all traffic fatalities over the year.
• In 2015, nine percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the day were drunk, versus 32 percent at night.
• Every 24 hours in the United States another 28 people die from being involved in a drunk driving car crash; this translates to one person every 53 minutes.
Can I be held liable for an accident in my car even if I wasn’t driving?
The police and car insurance companies representing drivers will immediately try to determine negligence in a car accident. Although it seems hard to understand, there are common circumstances where you could be held liable and sued for negligence in a car accident even if you weren’t driving or in the vehicle at all.
Common situations where your car was in an accident without you:
An employee driving a work vehicle
An employer will be held responsible for wrongful acts including negligent driving by an employee driving for work purposes and performing a work related task. The legal terms for this responsibility are “vicarious liability” or “imputed negligence”, that identify the specific relationship between employer and employee. If an employee drives a company vehicle without permission in their non-work hours or uses the vehicle for a non-work related task, the employer would not be held responsible.
You let a friend or family member drive your car
Under the negligent entrustment law in some states, if you own a car and give permission for someone else to drive it, you will be held legally responsible for any negligent driving in the car particularly if it can be proved that you knew they were unfit to drive.
You let your children drive your car
In many states parents are automatically liable for their kids’ negligent driving in the family car. There are specific laws and legal theories involved in this decision:
Negligent entrustment says that if a parent lends the car to a minor child who they know to be an incompetent or reckless driver they are responsible for their actions.
If you or a loved one is dealing with an accident or injury through no fault of your own, you have enough on your plate. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. in Bellingham, WA today for a FREE consultation! We have been representing residents of Whatcom County, Skagit County, Island County and Snohomish County since 1979. You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!