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Drunk Driving Victim's Rights Lawyer

Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions in Washington State.  Forty-two percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol. Each year over 200 people in Washington State are killed in drunk driving crashes. There is a sharp increase in the number of drunk driving incidents near major holidays and during the summer months.

Protecting the Legal Rights of DUI Driving Victims

We Only Represent DUI Victims, Not Impaired Drivers  

Some drunk driving accident attorneys who also sometimes defend drunk drivers in criminal cases.  Drunk driving victim's right's lawyer Chris Davis only represents victims of impaired drivers, not the DUI offenders who caused horrific accidents and injuries.

drunk driving victim lawyerDuring his career as a prosecutor for King County, Mr. Davis brought hundreds of DUI offenders to justice. Today he helps the victims of drunk driving collisions and their families gain financial compensation for the harms caused by DUI offenders. 

As a prominent trial lawyer and former prosecutor with experience in handling serious drunk driving injury cases, attorney Chris Davis is often featured by local or national new media covering accident-related issues and/or some of his cases. You may have him on local stations such as KING5, KOMO4, KIRO7 and Q13Fox or national news programs like CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 or InsideEdition. 

Seattle Weekly - Chris Davis Campaigns for Harsher Sentencing of Drunken Drivers - and He's an Attorney

Click here to watch videos of some of our firm's car accident news stories.     

Davis Law Group, P.S. founder Chris Davis is one of the most respected and recognized civil litigation lawyers practicing in Washington State.  Davis Law Group has been named Best Injury Law Firm in Washington State by AI Dispute Resolution Awards

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed by a drunk driver, Seattle attorney Chris Davis has a team of dedicated and experienced lawyers who will fight for the highest possible compensation for you. Call 206-727-4000 to schedule a no obligation consultation.

A Drunk Driving Crash Is Not An 'Accident'

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Mischelle Davis, Chris's wife, is a leading volunteer with Washington State Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and a member of MADD's state advisory board.

Like our friends at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Davis Law Group believes that there is no such thing as a ‘drunk driving accident’. Drunken driving collisions result from carelessness or deliberate dangerous driving (under the influence of alcohol), not from circumstances beyond the control of the at-fault driver. Car crashes that are caused by a drunk driver are entirely avoidable, and we believe in doing everything possible to stop drunk drivers before they cause injuries on the road.

"On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, I would like to express my deepest appreciation of Davis Law Group's generous support of MADD..."
-Jan Withers, MADD National President

 

2016 Alcohol Involved Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics - Washington State

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the United States in 2010. This figure represents 31% of all traffic incident deaths. More than 500,000 Americans are injured in drunken driving crashes each year.

  • Fatal DUI Crashes - 123
  • Suspected Serious Injury Collisions - 364
  • Possible/Suspected Injury Collisions - 2,434
  • No Apparent Injury Incidents - 4,230
  • Total Alcohol Involved Crashes - 7,151

Civil vs. Criminal Proceedings: Lawsuits Against Drunk Drivers

Impaired drivers who cause drunk driving accidents may face both criminal and civil court proceedings. 

Criminal proceedings are designed to punish the offender for breaking the law and to protect the public by acting as a deterrent against impaired driving. Driving drunk can result in criminal prosecution even if there was no accident and/or no one was injured.

Civil proceedings against an impaired driver typically come in the form of a claim or lawsuit against the drunk driver for injuries caused by the drunk driving collision.  Fatal drunk driving crashes can result in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of the victim.  In many cases a civil suit may be the only way to recover damages such as medical treatment costs, lost wages, damaged property, other economic damages and pain and suffering.

We Sue Drunk Drivers

Seriously injured by a drunk driver in Washington state?  Want justice for your loved ones?  Make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to someone else.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident in Seattle or elsewhere in Washington state, contact Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000 for a case review or to schedule a free legal consultation.

Drunk Driving Programs In Washington State

Washington's Drunk Driving Law

Washington State law provides that the drivers on the road have the duty to not operate a motor vehicle when under the influence of alcohol. See RCW 46.61.502. A DUI arrest in Washington means license suspension, jail time, and up to $5,000 in fines and fees. You may be ordered to install and pay for a device (called an ignition interlock) that won’t allow your car to start if you have any alcohol in your system. The court can order you to pay for and attend alcohol or drug treatment.

Washington State Dram Shop Law

Dram shop laws make it possible for bar owners and alcohol servers to be held financially liable if a customer becomes obviously intoxicated on their premises and subsequently injures someone or causes property damage, typically by driving drunk. Washington State law forbids the selling of alcohol 'to any person apparently under the influence of liquor.’ See RCW 66.44.200(1).

Washington State's 'Drive Hammered-Get Nailed' Program

drive hammered get nailedWashington State Patrol helps to enforce the Washington Traffic Safety Commission's "Drive Hammered-Get Nailed" campaign to catch drunk drivers.  This program puts many more DUI task forces out on Washington streets, roads, and highways throughout the state between mid-August and early September. The idea is to catch more drunk drivers during the days and weeks surrounding Labor Day weekend in order to stop the drunk driver before they do any damage to themselves or others.

Tie One On For Safety Campaign

MADD Washington State Tie One On For Safety Red Ribbon CampaignTo raise awareness the Washington State chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is working with a number of law enforcement agencies and first responders in Washington State that will be placing red ribbons on fleet vehicles to remind drivers not to drive drunk this holiday season, and every day of the year.

What Are The Drunk Driving Laws In Washington State?

Washington State law provides that the drivers on the road have the duty to not operate a motor vehicle when under the influence of alcohol. See RCW 46.61.502. A DUI arrest in Washington means license suspension, jail time, and up to $5,000 in fines and fees. You may be ordered to install and pay for a device (called an ignition interlock) that won’t allow your car to start if you have any alcohol in your system. The court can order you to pay for and attend alcohol or drug treatment.

Does Washington State Have A Dram Shop Law?

Dram shop laws make it possible for bar owners and alcohol servers to be held financially liable if a customer becomes obviously intoxicated on their premises and subsequently injures someone or causes property damage, typically by driving drunk. Washington State law forbids the selling of alcohol 'to any person apparently under the influence of liquor.’ See RCW 66.44.200(1).

Washington State's 'Drive Hammered-Get Nailed' Program

drive hammered get nailedWashington State Patrol helps to enforce the Washington Traffic Safety Commission's "Drive Hammered-Get Nailed" campaign to catch drunk drivers.  This program puts many more DUI task forces out on Washington streets, roads, and highways throughout the state between mid-August and early September. The idea is to catch more drunk drivers during the days and weeks surrounding Labor Day weekend in order to stop the drunk driver before they do any damage to themselves or others.

Tie One On For Safety Campaign

MADD Washington State Tie One On For Safety Red Ribbon CampaignTo raise awareness the Washington State chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is working with a number of law enforcement agencies and first responders in Washington State that will be placing red ribbons on fleet vehicles to remind drivers not to drive drunk this holiday season, and every day of the year.

The Critical Role Played by Law Enforcement in the Fight Against Drunk Driving in Washington State

Davis Law Group recognizes that law enforcement officials in Washington State are the heroes who keep our roads safe. High-visibility law enforcement programs such as Target Zero, Drive Hammered Get Nailed, DUI Checkpoints and increased patrols during holiday weekends, special events, concerts and ballgames catches drunk drivers and discourages drunk driving. Davis Law Group would like to thank the Washington State Patrol, the Seattle Police Department's DUI Squad, the King County Sheriff's Office, and all of the other city, county and state law enforcement and agencies such as the Washington Traffic Safety Commission which keep Washington State citizens safe.

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