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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every day almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes. In 2017, that was one person every 48 minutes. These numbers have decreased over the last thirty years.  However, drunk driving continues to claim more than 10,000 lives a year.

Driving when drunk is illegal and carries serious consequences. It is against the law. If a drunk driver injures you or someone you love, the state can file criminal charges against the drunk driver.  However, the injured person and/or family can also file a civil lawsuit against the drunk driver.  A personal injury attorney can help you with a civil lawsuit. Do not let the drunk driver walk away without holding that person accountable. 

Oregon Drunk Driving Laws

Drunk driving laws do differ from state to state.  The following are some of the laws in Oregon:

• Any time an Oregon driver has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, the law considers him/her alcohol-impaired.

• A person can face a DUII conviction if impaired while under the influence of alcohol, cannabis, a controlled substance, and an inhalant. 

• A person is considered “under the influence” when the person’s “physical or mental facilities are adversely affected to a noticeable or perceptible degree.”

Oregon’s “implied consent” law require all drivers lawfully arrested for a DUII offense to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test. Motorists who refuse testing generally face a license suspension of one to three years, depending on their record and prior participation in a treatment program. Drivers, who fail a test will face a suspension of 90 days to one year. 

The drunk driver may not be the only person held accountable for the drunk driver who drove under the influence. You may have a claim against your own auto insurance company for an underinsured and/or uninsured motorist claim. 

Other entities may also be held liable, such as a store, a restaurant, or a bar that sold alcohol to the drunk driver.   This is known as Oregon’s Dram Shop Act.

Don’t Let the Drunk Driver Get Away with Their Crime

If you are a victim of a car crash caused by an intoxicated driver, you can hold that person accountable. You need to send a message that driving while under the influence is wrong and unacceptable. You should hire an attorney who has experience handling these kinds of cases.  A civil lawsuit is separate from a criminal lawsuit and/or charges that the state may bring against the impaired driver. 

Expert and Experienced Legal Assistance at Your Service

At Bobadilla Law, we have experienced and in-depth knowledge of the drunk driving law. We care about our clients and provide quality legal counsel to help them recover their losses.

We help our clients get through the difficult times. We fight aggressively for victims to help them get back what they have lost. Sometimes, it is not possible to get back what has been lost, but we can help you obtain compensation. This helps to alleviate the stresses of the future due to your loss. 

By taking our professional legal services, you can send a message to the drunk driver and if possible to the entity, that driving while impaired due to intoxication is not acceptable. We help you to make them accountable to the maximum extent of the law for their crime.

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