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Intoxication and Fault in a car accident

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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The fact that a driver is intoxicated may, or may not, be a factor when it comes to determining fault following a car accident.

Don't get me wrong.

I'm certainly not endorsing drinking and driving.

Far from it.

Drinking and driving ( in fact driving while intoxicated by any type of substance) cause a great deal of misery.

But here's the thing.

Just because the driver of a vehicle was intoxicated doesn't necessarily mean that they caused the car accident they were involved in.

Determining who caused or contributed to an accident is an exercise that involves examining driver behavior.

Ok. Why don't I try and explain what I'm "driving at".

Lets say that an intoxicated driver loses control of his vehicle, crosses into oncoming traffic and hits another driver head on. I think it's a pretty safe bet that the intoxicated driver will be held largely, if not fully, responsible for the accident.

Alternatively, how about if an intoxicated driver is stopped at a red light and struck from behind? Is the fact that this driver was intoxicated relevant when it comes to determining responsibility?

So, as you can see, the issue here really is whether intoxication on the part of a driver contributed to or caused an accident.

That's really the question.

Were you involved in a car accident in which intoxication played a role?

I'd be happy to chat with you.

Give me a call at 604-255-9018 or drop me a line at [email protected]

Jeff Witten



Category: Car Accidents


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