The holidays are upon us, which means holiday parties galore. While hopefully most party-goers utilize ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Uber to avoid driving while under the influence, many do not and serious drunk driving related accidents in West Covina are the result.
West Covina serves as a sort-of hub for many of the surrounding cities in the San Gabriel Valley, including Baldwin Park, Covina, and the City of Industry, as the 10 travels straight through it. This means that many drivers, heading home from work and social events, are passing through West Covina on their way home. If you or a loved one is injured by a drunk driver in West Covina, know that California law is on your side.
Holiday Parties and Drunk Drivers
Even if a person is not convicted of drunk driving in criminal court, you can bring a claim against the drivers for damages in civil court. Damages include compensation for:
- medical expenses
- hospital bills
- lost wages
- pain and suffering
- emotional trauma
And more. This list is not exhaustive. To determine whether you have a potential case, reach out to an experienced accident attorney.
Employer Liability and Drunk Drivers
An employer may be held liable for the actions (and accidents) of its employees if the act is committed within the “scope of employment.” In recent years, courts have defined scope of employment quite broadly. In some cases, an employer has been held liable and sued for negligent hiring if it hired an employee with a history of drunk driving and the employer still provided the employee with a company car. A drunk driver, however, does not have to have a history of driving under the influence of alcohol in order for the employer to be held responsible for its employee’s actions. Indeed, an employer may be liable for an intoxicated employee’s conduct if the employee leaves a company-sponsored social gathering and causes an accident.
When an employer is liable for the acts of its employee, this means you, the injured party, are able to sue to drunk driver’s employer for compensation for your injuries. You can also file a claim against the driver.
To speak with a knowledgeable drunk driving accident attorney in West Covina about your potential case, contact the lawyers at Ghozland Law Firm today for a free, no obligation consultation.