DWI Accidents in Virginia
If you or someone you care about has been injured in an accident in Virginia involving a driver that was driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, DWI lawyers Alexandria, VA accident victims recommend, may be able to help.
Not only is driving while compromised by alcohol and/or drugs a crime, if someone was injured in the accident, the inebriated driver may be liable for expenses that are the result of the accident as well as for things such as the victim’s pain and suffering. In the horrific event that someone dies in an accident with someone driving while intoxicated (DWI) their surviving family members may also be entitled to compensation for expenses related to the accident as well as for things such as loss and grief.
When an accident with an influenced driver occurs in Alexandria, Virginia, the sooner the victim or their family calls DWI lawyers licensed in VA, the sooner they may be able to start protecting an accident victim and/or their family’s rights.
DWI Accidents in Virginia
Like every state in the U.S., Virginia has its own unique set of laws that are specific to accidents that occur here. Some states have laws that are similar to other states but these laws cannot be transferred over and used in other states. Every state in the U.S. has laws that restrict the amount of alcohol a person can have in their system and still be legal to drive.
In Virginia, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or above, for commercial truck drivers to drive with a BAC of 0.04% or above and drivers under the age of 21 are not allowed to have any amount of alcohol in their system.
If you were injured in an accident in Alexandria, VA, DWI injury lawyers may be able to fight for your legal rights so that you don’t have to.
DWI Criminal Charges vs. Civil Charges
It is a crime in Virginia to drive with a BAC above 0.08%. Only an officer of the state (i.e. of the government) can charge and convict someone with a crime. A criminal charge is different than being charged with liability for injuring someone through a civil claim. A person can be charged and tried by the state for driving while under the influence, and they can also be sued in a civil court by one or more victims that were injured and/or whose property was damaged.
Holding someone accountable for their negligent actions in a civil lawsuit not only can help a victim and their family with financial needs, but it may also help to prevent the negligent DWI driver from driving while under the influence and hurting someone else in the future.
Many people recommend that Alexandria, VA DWI accident victims and their families let a team of trustworthy lawyers shoulder their legal burdens, while the victim and/or their family focus on healing and moving on with their lives.