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Salt Lake City Drunk Driving (DUI) Accident Lawyer

Drinking and driving is a dangerous practice. Still, thousands of people every day take to the road under the influence of alcohol. In addition to facing consequences for personal injuries or property damage, police may charge these drivers with two separate crimes: driving while under the influence and/or driving while over the limit. Many times driver who are under the influence end up injuries others after causing a car crash, in those cases you will find useful to consult a  Salt Lake City car accident attorney to help you understand how you can get the compensation you deserve.

Next Steps: Securing Fair Compensation

You need to contact your insurance agent as soon as possible following the accident. Your insurer will work with the other driver and his or her insurance agent to facilitate a claim that covers the related expenses. However, cases involving a driver under the influence and/or over the limit may also involve punitive damages. The other driver’s negligence may affect the payout, and, if you suffer any physical trauma, consider the long-term pain and suffering that this individual’s irresponsible actions have caused.

Working with police to collect information and evidence for your case is pivotal to securing a fair outcome for your suffering. Consider contacting an attorney to help facilitate this process and maintain communication with the police and insurance companies involved with the case. Start with a free consultation from a Salt Lake City Personal Injury Lawyer at Fielding Law. Our dedicated attention to your claim will help you proceed with confidence.

DUI Laws in Utah

The legal limit for blood alcohol content in Utah in 0.08% (which may be decreased to 0.05% in the near future). Any amount over this is grounds for a driving while over the limit charge. However, police may charge any person for driving while intoxicated if they pulled this person over for another reason (such as speeding, swerving, or any behavior indicative of drunk or distracted driving) or if he or she has committed a crime while driving. This means that drugs or alcohol impaired his or her ability to drive; the actual blood alcohol content is irrelevant in this case.

Building a Case Against a Drunk Driver

Evidence is key in prosecuting a case against a drunk driver. If you’re in an accident, don’t panic. You’ll need to proceed cautiously and mindfully to keep yourself safe and to collect the necessary evidence for a personal injury claim. Stay calm, and move forward deliberately with these steps in mind:

  • Check for injuries and call an ambulance if you or another person is hurt.
  • Move your car to the side of the road if possible, engaging your hazard lights to alert passing vehicles of the incident.
  • Call 911 to report the event. If you suspect the driver is intoxicated, mention this to the police when you call.
  • Record information about the accident. The other driver’s name and phone number, the vehicle’s license plate, make, and model, and even small details such as the time of day and the weather conditions are very important. Take pictures of the damage if you can; this evidence may prove invaluable down the road.

Remember to record the driver’s behavior and any other indications of drunkenness when you’re writing down the details of the scene. Your personal account, combined with police testimony and evidence, can help build a concrete case.