Drunk-Driving Accidents

Drunk-Driving Accident Attorney Serving West Virginia

Wolfe Law Firm is a trusted resource in car accidents and personal injury law. Our office in Elkins routinely handles complex cases involving injuries or fatalities caused by drunk driving and other types of car accidents. We thoroughly investigate every case we take to identify negligent motorists and other liable parties. Let us help you get back on your feet.

Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence (DUI) causes over one-third of all traffic fatalities in West Virginia. A growing number of accidents are found to be drug-related, showing that alcohol is not the sole culprit in DUI accidents. In fact, drivers can face liability for operating a vehicle while impaired by any substance, not just alcohol. Although the” legal limit” in West Virginia is a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or above, minors, repeat offenders, and commercial drivers may be prosecuted for DUI with lower BACs. All drivers face personal injury liability if any substance is detected while negligently operating an automobile. For legal purposes, acting or appearing “drunk” is irrelevant to liability: proof of impaired driving is enough.

“Drunk” Driving Includes Other Offenses

While “drunk” driving is the most common term used to describe a DUI-related offense, motorists should know that being “drunk” is not what is punished. Some make it home with BACs well over 0.08 percent and others drop their keys after half a drink. Individual tolerance for alcohol varies as do reactions to drugs. This is why personal injury law punishes any damage caused by impaired driving, whether it is caused by over-the-counter medication or street drugs. Drivers who “feel” fine are still liable when trace amounts of a substance impair driving through:

  • Loss of inhibition
  • Delayed reaction time
  • Prescription side effects
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Reaction to new medication
  • Tranquilizing, sedative effect
  • Intensified reaction with alcohol
  • “Blackouts” caused by drugged drink
Impaired Driving Caused by Drugs and Alcohol

Prescription and over-the-counter medications now include warnings of blurred vision, intensified reaction when consumed with alcohol, and other dangerous side effects. They clearly warn consumers not to drive or operate machinery while on the drug. Drivers are also punished when they drive after taking one sip of alcohol “altered” by a third party. This behavior is always “negligent” because personal injury does not require intention; driving while unknowingly impaired is still reckless because it breaches a legal duty to others. As such, parties who do not seem “at fault” for being ignorant of side effects or of being drugged at a party are still liable for negligently operating a vehicle while impaired.

Proving Liability for Drunk or Impaired Driving

If you were injured in a drunk-driving accident, an experienced drunk driving accident attorney at Wolfe Law Firm can help. We are dedicated to helping those injured by drunk driving and other acts of negligence. Let us help you recover compensation for medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering. As the injured victim, you are entitled to full compensation for these and other out-of-pocket expenses from the negligent driver.

Drunk-Driving Accidents Causing Wrongful Death

If a drunk-driving accident took the life of a loved one, your family is likewise entitled to compensation for funeral and medical expenses, future income, and other damages stemming from the loss. Wolfe Law Firm has an impressive record in injury and wrongful death cases, recovering just compensation for victims across West Virginia. Call (877) 637-5756 for a free consultation or contact us online.