When you think of a DUI accident, sometimes you only think of the driver who chose to get drunk behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, the reality is that there are sometimes passengers involved in these accidents as well. You may be scared to be the passenger in one of these very severe accidents, that sometimes end in injuries and deaths. Now we will help you understand your rights and what you may experience.
Questioned by the Police
As the passenger in a very serious DUI accident, you will speak with the police. Arresting officers may have many questions, such as Why did you get behind the wheel of a car with somebody who was driving drunk? If you were sober at the time of the accident and knew that the driver was drunk, you will be asked why you didn’t take the wheel instead. In many cases, this means that you will have to prove that you were not currently licensed, didn’t know how to drive, or have a medical condition that kept you from doing so. If you do not have a convincing defense to these questions, you may also be arrested for reckless endangerment, especially if you reasonably knew that the driver was drunk and didn’t act to stop it. In other cases, you may be allowed to leave the scene of the accident, such as ones where you did not know that your friend was driving drunk.
The same can be said in situations where you are attempting to receive compensation for your injuries, because having knowledge of a person driving drunk can really affect your case in a negative way. As a result of your friend’s action and your inaction to stop it, you could be facing fines or jail time – all because you chose to ride with them. This is why it is always a good idea to assess the situation if you were at a party or bar with your friend, and drive sober.
Call us today for options if you were the passenger in a DUI accident and you were charged with a crime. We can help you in the midst of your serious case.