In California, someone is at fault for a vehicle accident when:
He or she drove a vehicle;
While driving, he or she committed an illegal act or neglected to perform a legal duty; and
As a result, someone else was injured or suffered property damage.
Isn’t drunk driving an illegal act in California?
It is illegal to drive under the influence in California. But to be held responsible for an accident, a DUI driver must have done something negligent or unlawful in addition to driving drunk or stoned.
If you have been accused of causing an accident in California, we invite you to contact us at 855-LawFirm to discuss your criminal or civil case.
About the Author
A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.