Understanding Liability: Who Is Responsible for a Car Accident?

When a car accident occurs, who is considered responsible? In any type of legal matter involving this type of situation, one of the most important things to consider is liability. This dictates who you may able to take legal action against and from whom you can seek compensation.

Liability in car accidents vary, though, based on the potential cause of the crash. In some situations, there can be multiple parties who are considered responsible. Here are some of the types of car accidents that can occur and who may be responsible for the damages caused.

Drunk Driving Crashes

Typically, it is the drunk driver who causes the crash and they would be responsible. However, many don’t realize that separate action may be taken in given circumstances. In Oregon, dram shop laws may allow individuals injured in a drunk driving crash to hold an alcohol vendor liable if there is clear and convincing evidence that the vendor served alcohol to an already visibly intoxicated individual.

Distracted Driving Accidents

When people hear the term distracted driving, they most often think of drivers on their phone. There may also be the thought of someone putting on makeup, eating, or turning to talk to passengers. These actions would make the driver responsible.

However, there may also be situations in which passengers act in a manner that directly distracts the driver in one way or another. The passenger responsible may be considered liable in various cases.

Company-Owned Vehicles

Can a driver be the sole individual responsible in a car accident involving a company-owned vehicle? There are a number of factors that must be considered, including whether or not the vehicle was properly maintained by the company.

Determining liability can be difficult to do on your own, but it is a very important step in the process. This is why it’s so important to have an Oregon car accident lawyer on your side who has experience in these matters and can guide you through the process.

For over 40 years, The Gatti Law Firm has worked diligently to help countless individuals seek the compensation they deserve. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, we’re here to help you too.

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