How can I prove the other driver was drunk at the time of the accident?
Proving that the other driver was drunk at the time of the accident requires gathering evidence and using various sources to establish their impairment. A drunk driving accident lawyer has the resources needed to investigate the collision and obtain vital evidence needed to prove that the other driver was intoxicated at the time of the collision.
What Evidence Can Be Used to Prove the Other Motorist Was Intoxicated at the Time of the Accident?
Here are some steps to help you build a case to demonstrate that the other driver was driving under the influence:
Police report. Obtain a copy of the police report from the accident. The police report may include observations made by the responding officers, such as the driver's behavior, any signs of intoxication, and the results of field sobriety tests.
Breathalyzer or blood test results. If the police conducted a breathalyzer or blood test at the scene or later at a medical facility, the results will be included in the police report or in the official records of the incident.
Witness statements. Collect statements from any witnesses who observed the other driver's behavior before or after the accident. Witnesses may have seen the driver consuming alcohol, stumbling, slurring words, or displaying other signs of impairment.
Video footage. Look for any available video footage from surveillance cameras, traffic cameras, or nearby businesses that may have captured the accident or the other driver's actions leading up to it.
Accident scene evidence. Take photos of the accident scene, including any open containers of alcohol in the other driver's vehicle, or any other evidence that suggests intoxication.
Field sobriety tests. If possible, gather information about the field sobriety tests administered by the police at the scene. These tests are designed to detect impairment and can be crucial evidence.
Medical records. Obtain the other driver's medical records related to the accident. These records may indicate any toxicology tests performed and show the presence of alcohol or drugs in their system.
Admission of guilt. If the other driver admits to being drunk at the time of the accident, document this information as it can serve as strong evidence of their impairment.
Expert testimony. In some cases, expert witnesses, such as accident reconstruction experts or toxicologists, may be called upon to analyze the evidence and provide their professional opinion on the other driver's impairment.
Can a Lawyer Help Me Prove Liability in a Drunk Driving Crash?
It's essential to preserve all evidence and avoid any actions that may compromise or contradict your case. Consult with a drunk driving accident lawyer experienced in handling drunk driving cases to ensure that you follow the appropriate legal procedures and build a strong case to prove the other driver's impairment and liability for your injuries and damages.
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If you've been injured in an auto accident, don't settle for less than you deserve. Schedule a free consultation with a drunk driving accident lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys to discuss your case and explore your legal options. Our dedicated team will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve for all accident-related damages. Contact us today to learn more.
Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.
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