January 13, 2020 |
The Barnes Firm
With the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2019-2020 Season well underway, Los Angeles Lakers fans are lending their support, as always, for their favorite team. Lakers fans regularly pack the stadium, cheering on their team, and enjoying classic basketball fare – beer, hotdogs, nachos, and more. Basketball fans enjoy gathering at the stadium with friends and family, watching the players up close, and being a part of the fun. The problem arises when these fans have too much to drink, impairing their ability to drive home safely.
You may not have realized it, but studies show risks of drunk driving accidents increase after sporting events, not only for basketball games, but for football, hockey, and baseball games as well. And while it is fun for fans cheer on their team and enjoy a few beers with friends, it has the potential to lead to alcohol-related accidents which may include injuries or fatalities. If you have been involved in a car accident following a Lakers’ game, you should contact an attorney for assistance to ensure your rights are protected.
Sporting Events and Drunk Driving Incidents
Sports and alcohol consumption seem to go hand in hand, the likely reason being alcohol and brewing companies are often team and event sponsors. Some studies have shown the correlation with a recent study demonstrating that nearly eight percent of fans (only those who agreed to be tested) attending professional sporting events were too intoxicated to drive safely when the games ended. That eight percent of attendees, at most professional venues, represents hundreds of fans with the potential to cause numerous drunk driving incidents.
In An Accident with an Intoxicated Driver?
If you are involved in a car accident, you should always call the police first to report the incident and check if anyone is injured. If you suspect the other driver is intoxicated, tell the police officers when they arrive on the scene. Share the facts of the accident as well as why you believe the other driver is intoxicated. The officers will then perform preliminary tests to confirm or deny your suspicions. If the tests indicate intoxicated driving, the driver will be arrested and order a test to determine the driver’s blood alcohol content.
You should also call a personal injury attorney who can represent you against the drunk driver who caused the accident. You will need to make an insurance claim against the other driver’s insurance, though reaching a settlement is often difficult. Your lawyer can help, filing a personal injury case on your behalf and proving the other driver was at fault in the accident. He or she will also show that your injuries are a result of the other driver’s negligence – driving while intoxicated.
When you’ve been injured as a result of drunk driver, you need someone willing to fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve. You have the right to recover you medical costs, as well as any wages lost and pain and suffering as a result of your injuries. The driver who caused the accident should be held responsible for their actions. The Barnes Firm Personal Injury Attorneys focus on accident cases can help. Contact us today!