A motorcyclist who law enforcement officers believe was under the influence of alcohol may have caused a serious recent accident in Oceanside. The accident reportedly occurred at around 1:45 a.m. February 4 on N. Pacific Street, when the motorcyclist was unable to safely take a curve and crashed on the side of the road.
Both he and his passenger, a 39-year-old woman, suffered injuries after being ejected from the bike.
Drunk drivers automatically liable for injuries
After a motorcycle or car accident, injured parties need to prove liability on the part of an individual or entity at fault for the crash. When drunk driving is involved, however, the person operating under the influence is almost automatically considered liable. Consuming alcohol or drugs before getting behind the wheel is incredibly dangerous and risks the safety of everyone on the road.
Personal injury claims after a drunk driving accident can be somewhat complicated, as the at-fault party may face criminal charges in addition to any civil action you choose to take. This brings a level of uncertainty into play, as the process could get delayed as the individual moves through the criminal justice system. Insurance companies may also attempt to offer a settlement to you quickly, which is why it’s important to work with a lawyer right away to review the offer and determine what is fair given the circumstances.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of another party, speak with an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire as soon as possible.