Even now, with so many transportation options available including rideshares, cabs, and buses, drinking and driving is still a major problem in Spokane and across the rest of Washington. The Washington Department of Transportation tracks drunk driving accidents and reports that in 2018, there were 414 alcohol involved automobile accidents that resulted in fatalities and serious injuries. 14 of those accidents occurred on Spokane roads with 1 fatality and 13 serious injuries. Spokane drunk driver accident attorneys represent innocent injury victims who were involved in accidents caused by impaired drivers. Our attorneys are aggressive advocates for innocent victims who deserve to be compensated for their injuries and damages.
Besides the at fault driver in a drunk driving accident, in some cases there may be other liable parties as well. Under Washington law, alcohol providers and sellers may not sell alcohol to someone who is apparently under the influence or obviously intoxicated. If they do sell to someone under these circumstances and that person then goes on to cause an accident, the third party seller may be liable for the resulting injuries and damages as well.
Types of behavior that should cause a seller to see someone as apparently under the influence or obviously intoxicated include the following:
A social host is generally only liable in situations where he or she provides alcohol to a minor and that minor subsequently causes an accident. Serving a minor any amount of alcohol is incredibly risky because intoxication does not generally matter. If a social host serves a minor any amount of alcohol and he later causes and accident, the social host may be liable for all of the resulting injuries and damages.
Alcohol is not the only problem when it comes to intoxicated driving. Driving under the influence of drugs such as marijuana, prescription pain pills, and illegal narcotics seems to be on the rise and accidents caused by drivers under the influence of drugs seems to be on the rise as well. Some people place the blame for this on the legalization of marijuana in many states and others point to the opioid crisis in the state of Washington and throughout the country. Regardless of the reason for the rise in driving under the influence of drugs, the problem does not seem to be going away and innocent people are being injured and killed as a result.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries and damages in an accident caused by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contact a Spokane drunk driver accident attorney at Russell & Hill, PLLC to schedule a consultation. Our attorneys are passionate about seeking compensation for those who have been injured in a drunk driving accident and they are also passionate about seeing that those who caused the accident are held accountable. They will fight for full and fair compensation for you and your family.
Russell & Hill, PLLC are very professional and knowledgeable. Jim Hill and Diana represented me in my automobile accident. After 2 years of dealing with an insurance company their best offer was $3,600, I enlisted Jim Hill to represent me. When it was all said and done I received a net check in the amount of $107,000. I highly recommend Russell & Hill, PLLC.
I had a very supportive experience working with Mr. Jim Hill and the rest of the wonderful people at this law firm. They helped me get a settlement throughout a very arduous process, helping me maintain my confidence and esteem. If you come here to have them help with your case, you will not regret it! Also, Ms. Tammy is amazing and won’t get mad at you, even if you bug her daily, like I did on some weeks 🙂 Thank you for everything!
Jim and the team at Russell & Hill are awesome. I was in tough position and they were extremely responsive, navigated the legal challenges, and negotiated a settlement that was better than anticipated. Upfront, honest, great communication, and delivered results. I could not have asked for more!
I have been working with Russell & Hill for over a year and a half. I personally worked with Eric. My case was very complicated. He worked with me. I was approved for disability. He asked me tough questions, he checked in. He cared. I’m so grateful to have worked with him. Thank you so much for your hard work. I appreciate you so very much.
Facing the overwhelming task of filing for disability is not for the faint of heart. My task was to research several disability attorneys. My choice, RUSSELL & HILL, Personal Injury and Disability Attorneys, was a smart one. Thank you, Elizabeth, for info gathering and the time, energy, and frustration you saved me. Thank you, Eric, for doing everything else, submitting my case, resubmitting my case, preparing for trial, preparing me for trial, gathering medical records. I was astounded, relieved, and elated when the Judge approved my disability on the spot, simply based on the brief you wrote. I am now forever grateful. I recommend RUSSELL & HILL to all.
Eric Bessent represented me for my disability hearing and I want to give kudos where they are desreved. He is very patient and answers questions thoroughly. He handled himself very professionally and presented my case with a favorable decision. Thank you to Eric (lawyer), Gabriella (case manager), his firm (Russell and Hill) and all the other staff who’s behind the scenes 😊
Jim and his team are excellent at what they do and also great at communicating what is going on
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Eric Bessent at Russell & Hill was so helpful and resilient in helping me to obtain Social Security after suffering a head injury from being hit ny a drunk driver. His concern for health as well as being conforting and informative regarding the process that takes place to obtain SS was an A+. He walked me step by step through the process encouraging me even when my application had been turned down the first time. Eric walked me through the appeal process with encouragement and still caring about my well being.
After receiving such personal care I whole heartedly recommend Russell & Hill, PLLC to anyone seeking personalized caring attorneys.
I applied For Disability April 2017 I started with Russell & Hill from the get go. I was denied on Intial and Recon I thankfully got a Alj hearing quickly and we won with a Bench Decision thank you to Kim for dealing with all my stress with me and getting my updated records every three months helped a ton. I would also like to Thank Eric Basset that contacted me when I got my court date to update records and make sure I wasn’t messing anything and met with me in person, I met Eric Agian the day of hearing ahead of time to answer any questions before we went in I was very nervous we won and were told right then, thank you to the firm for working so hard and not giving up when I was filled with anxiety, I would recommend Russle & Hill staff to anyone needing help mine was a disability case. They called me back in a timely fashion and a good bye me tell the finish line. Thanks a ton! My best advise they know what they are doing ride the wave it paid off for me in the end. Thanks Agian
Erik did a great job and was willing to take all my calls and questions. He got the job done quickly!!!
Jim is awesome if anything ever happens to me again in the future hes going to be my go to
Jim and Dradin were great to work with! They communicated with me in terms I could understand, and they were able to resolve my case with the best possible outcome! I would recommend them to anyone needing assistance.
I chose Russell and Hill to file my disability paperwork and was approved in around six months without paying a dime. I couldn’t have made a better choice! Due to their knowledge and proficiency (and my bad back), my paperwork sailed through the system in record time. Thank you R&H for your excellent services!