Picture the scenario. One night when you are returning from an event, a driver blows past a red light, collides head-on with your automobile, and the next thing you know you are in the hospital. When the police arrive, they inform you that the driver's blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit by more than thrice. Although it is obvious that the motorist is to blame for the collision, there is a problem: The driver only has the legal minimum amount of insurance.
Even with any uninsured or underinsured coverage you might have, it probably won't cover the whole expense of treating your severe injuries. Do you have any choices? Who can be held responsible? Calling The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 is the best course of action so that we can evaluate your case and respond. You can continue reading to find out more about some of the parties who might be responsible for your accident in the interim.
There are various forms of liability that may apply to incidents caused by drunk drivers in California
Many states have regulations in place that make hosts and/or alcohol distributors accountable if they offer alcohol to someone who is obviously drunk and that person later causes an automobile accident. These regulations were put in place to discourage overserving. There are a number of these statutes in California.
Host social responsibility
The state of California makes it abundantly plain that a social host is not liable or responsible if they offer alcohol to a drunk person who has an accident. The California Supreme Court of California clarified that this does not necessarily apply to a minor in a case that reached that court. A social host may be held responsible for the behavior of a minor if they sold them alcohol.
A bar or restaurant cannot be held accountable in the state of California for supplying alcohol to adults who are already intoxicated. However, there are regulations governing vendor responsibility that apply if a bar or restaurant provides to a youngster who is visibly inebriated.
An employer can be held accountable if an employee is intoxicated during a company-sponsored event when the business offered alcohol, according to a 2013 court decision. The company might be held accountable, for instance, if they hosted an event at a baseball game, offered beer, and one of their employees got into a brawl.
There may be other persons accountable for their acts if you were hurt in an accident when someone else was impaired by drink or drugs. Call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation if you want to know your options for sure.