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If you were injured in a drunk driving accident, you need a strong advocate on your side. At Kode Law, we fight for the rights of injury victims in Washington. We are dedicated to obtaining just compensation for our clients and to holding negligent parties accountable for their actions.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a drunk driving accident, call the attorneys at Kode Law for an initial consultation. We can help you understand your rights and establish a strong case.
What Is Considered "Drunk Driving?"
Drunk driving in Washington is determined by the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of the driver. Here are the legal limits:
- For adults aged 21 and over, the BAC limit is 0.08%.
- For commercial vehicle drivers, the BAC limit is 0.04%.
- For minors (under the age of 21), the BAC limit is 0.02%.
If a driver is found to be operating a vehicle with a BAC above these limits, they can be charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Penalties for a DUI in Washington can range from 24 hours to 364 days in jail and fines from $990.50 to $5,000.
If you were involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys can help you determine the full extent of your damages and fight to hold the negligent driver accountable.
How We Can Help
An attorney can offer invaluable guidance after a drunk driving accident. They can help identify liable parties, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent your interests in court if necessary. We at Kode Law are well-versed in Washington's complex legal landscape and can use this expertise to build a strong case on your behalf.
Common Injuries in Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving accidents often result in severe injuries, including:
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): The force of impact in these accidents can cause head injuries, leading to concussions or more severe traumatic brain injuries.
Spinal Cord Injuries: The violent nature of accidents may result in damage to the spinal cord, leading to paralysis or other long-term disabilities.
Broken Bones and Fractures: The impact can cause fractures and breaks, affecting various parts of the body.
Internal Injuries: Blunt force trauma can cause injuries to internal organs, potentially leading to life-threatening complications.
The severity of these injuries can lead to costly medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. Kode Law is dedicated to helping you recover these costs.
Liability in Drunk Driving Accidents According to Washington Law
Holding Responsible Parties Accountable
In Washington State, parties that may be held liable for injuries in a drunk driving accident include:
Drunk Drivers: Individuals who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol can be held criminally and civilly liable for the injuries they cause.
Establishments: Washington's Dram Shop Law allows for legal action against bars, restaurants, or other establishments that serve alcohol to visibly intoxicated individuals who later cause injuries in a drunk driving accident.
Social Hosts: If a social host knowingly provides alcohol to a minor or a visibly intoxicated person who subsequently causes an accident, they may be held liable.
- Vehicle Owners: If the owner knowingly allowed an intoxicated person to drive their vehicle, they could also be held responsible.
Why Choose Kode Law?
At Kode Law, we are more than just attorneys; we are advocates for justice. Our team is dedicated to helping victims of drunk driving accidents receive the compensation they deserve. We take a compassionate yet aggressive approach to our cases, ensuring that your rights are protected and your needs are met.
Our extensive experience in handling drunk driving cases in Washington State allows us to effectively advocate for you. From initial consultation to final resolution, we will guide you through every step of the process, keeping you informed and empowered.