If you have been in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver, you can expect the police and courts to punish the driver according to Oklahoma’s criminal laws. But if you have suffered personal injury or property damage, you will need to seek relief through the civil justice system.
The lawyers of Burch, George & Germany can help you to seek this justice. We represent victims of drunk driving accidents across Oklahoma’s 77 counties. Contact us today to receive a free initial consultation about your case.
Oklahoma law allows injured drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists or others harmed by a drunk driver to seek payments through a personal injury lawsuit. If the victim died in the crash, a wrongful death claim may be pursued.
A lawsuit would typically seek:
In the case of a fatal drunk driving accident, eligible family members can seek to recover funeral and burial expenses as well as damages for the loss of companionship.
In some cases, Oklahoma laws holds people who serve alcohol responsible for the harm drunk drivers cause.
The state’s “dram shop” law makes it illegal to knowingly sell, deliver or furnish alcohol to:
A bartender or store clerk who violates this law (or the business that employs them) can be held liable if their customer causes a drunk driving accident later on.
Also, a social host who serves beer or other alcohol to guests who are younger than 21 may be held liable for a drunk driving accident their guest causes.
Bringing a third-party lawsuit will require an investigation to uncover evidence that links the driver responsible for your drunk driving accident to a party host, bartender or package store.
The Burch, George & Germany legal team knows how to conduct these investigations, including gathering debit and credit card receipts, cell phone records, witness statements and other records to show a drunk driver’s activities and whereabouts prior to a crash.
If you have been hit by a drunk driver in Oklahoma and suffered personal injury, property damage or other losses, please contact a Burch, George & Germany attorney today. You may be able to obtain full compensation for all of your losses. However, it will require investigation and legal work that should be started immediately.
Call us today or fill out our contact form to set up a free initial consultation.
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