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Drunk drivers get many opportunities to harm others in Iowa

More than 90 Iowans die each year in alcohol-related car accidents. Roughly 40 percent of those accidents involve a driver who has been arrested in the past for drunk driving. One-third of Iowa drivers who are charged with vehicular homicide while intoxicated have been caught drinking and driving at least once before. Such a high percentage raises the question of whether Iowa is doing enough to get drunk drivers off the roads and keep them from re-offending.

Holding a drunk driver liable following a drunk driving accident

Being involved in any type of motor vehicle accident can be a very serious event for residents in Iowa and elsewhere. In some situations, it may not be entirely clear what caused the collision; however, in others, it can easily be determined that the negligence of a driver was the cause. With regard to drinking and driving, when a driver fails to drive below the legal blood-alcohol limit, he or she could be held responsible for the accident resulting from their intoxication and any injuries, losses and damages arising from it.

Seeking financial recovery after a drunk driving accident

Encountering a negligent driver is a very concerning thought for drivers in Iowa. While in some situations such an incident could be avoided, it is almost completely out of the hands of an individual when and if they encounter a negligent driver. This is especially true with intoxicated drivers, and the destruction caused by a drunk driving accident could be tremendous.

Drunk driving: what are the visible signs of intoxication?

While automobile collisions are an unfortunate event to be involved in, drivers in Iowa may be aware that a common cause of car crashes is the negligence of one or more drivers. This could amount to the driver being distracted, fatigued, reckless or even intoxicated. If impaired driving is to blame, it is important to understand the elements of a drunk driving accident, and how an injured victim could hold the drunk driver responsible for damages caused by the incident.

Iowa high school simulates DUI crash for prom-goers

Many are aware of the dangers that drinking and driving can present. A driver's ability to safely drive and maneuver a vehicle is compromised when a driver has consumed alcohol beverages. Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated does not only risk the life of the driver and occupants of that vehicle, but it also presents some grave risks to others traveling on the road by automobile, bicycle and on foot. And while it is known that a drunk driver could cause an accident, all drivers, especially young ones, should understand how they could make responsible decisions.

Rights and options for accident victims of a DUI crash

Despite the efforts to keep negligent and unsafe drivers off of the roads in Iowa, these drivers do get behind the wheel of a vehicle and put numerous lives at risk. Drunk drivers are a major threat on the roadways and could be the cause of a serious or even fatal car accident. Our law firm understands that Iowa residents neither expect to be involved in an automobile collision nor are they prepared to deal with the aftermath of the accident. Furthermore, accident victims of a DUI crash may have the right to pursue a cause of action, and the alleged drunk driver could face both criminal and civil charges following the incident.

Reducing the DUI accident rate

While it is clear that there are some obvious dangers and risks on the roadways, drivers in Iowa should understand the types of accidents they could help to avoid. Alcohol-related collisions are a type of accident that could result in serious injuries, severe damages and even death. These accidents could be prevented through different measures employed through the state, law enforcement and education.

Could other parties be liable in an Iowa drunk driving accident?

When an Iowa motorist is intoxicated, this fact is often a major factor if an accident ensues. A victim of the collision could seek to prove negligence to show cause and assign liability to the driver. When a drunk driving accident occurs, a victim could prove the liability of other parties than just the driver. In the state of Iowa, establishments could also be at fault when an intoxicated driver causes a crash after consuming alcohol at their establishment.

Recovering damages after an alcohol-related accident

There are many potential dangers on the roadways that could put Iowa drivers at risk. When an intoxicated driver gets behind the wheel of the car, other drivers and passengers are put in danger. A drunk driving accident could result in serious injuries and even death, and victims and their loved ones could suffer greatly due to their injuries, losses and damages.

Iowa man arrested following a suspected DUI crash

Drivers in Iowa are well aware that every time they get behind the wheel of a vehicle, they are exposing themselves to potential dangers and risks on the roadways. Although safety features are equipped in a vehicle, a seatbelt and safe driving cannot always protect the driver from the negligence of another driver. When a driver is under the influence, they not only put their life at risk but they pose great danger to other drivers and passengers. A drunk driving accident could end tragically with seriously injured or killed victims.

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