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Virginia Drunk Drivers May Not Always Be in the Driver’s Seat

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The term “drunk driver” implies that the person who caused your accident was actually sitting in the driver’s seat and responsible for the operation of the car, motorcycle, truck, or other motor vehicle that hit you. Yet, that is not always true in Virginia.

A decade ago, the Court of Appeals of Virginia upheld a lower court’s guilty verdict of a drunk passenger who grabbed the wheel of a car from the driver while the car was in motion. More recently, a backseat passenger in Bedford County was charged with driving under the influence after she grabbed the steering wheel of a car that was in motion and allegedly caused the car to crash.

How Do You Know What Happened in Your Fauquier County Car Crash?

While you may suspect drunk driving was the reason for your crash, it is important for the police and your Warrenton car accident lawyer to do a full investigation into the cause of the crash so that the appropriate case can be brought against the right defendant(s) and so that you may be able to recover the damages to which you are legally entitled.

Call a Fauquier County Drunk Driving Attorney Today

If you have been hurt by a Virginia driver or passenger who was intoxicated, then you may have the right to recover damages for your car accident injuries. Please contact an experienced Warrenton car accident attorney today at 540-341-0007 or 888-907-2631 for a free consultation about your rights and for more information about your possible legal recovery.

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