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Few things are more life-altering than getting seriously injured in a scooter or bike accident. In some cases, these crashes happen because a driver was under the influence of alcohol. Drunk driving accidents are unnecessary incidents that shouldn’t be happening on California roadways but still are. People riding vehicles such as e-scooters or rented bikes are particularly vulnerable to serious injuries in these crashes.
These days, anyone can avoid drunk driving accidents by opting for other transportation options, including having a designated sober driver, riding a taxi, or using rideshare apps like Uber. When a person drives while intoxicated and gets into a car accident, besides going through a long recovery process, the injured victims must also recover financially from all the medical expenses, lost earnings, and accident-related expenses they incurred.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in an e-scooter or bike accident involving a drunk driver, you have the right to bring a personal injury claim against the driver to recover compensation for your losses.
In general, drivers will be deemed intoxicated if they lose or impair the normal use of their physical or mental faculties due to ingesting alcohol, drugs, or other substances. But when pursuing a claim against an alleged drunk driver, you will still need to prove fault and negligence to win your claim. Although a criminal DUI (driving under the influence) conviction against the driver could help your claim, it doesn’t automatically mean that you’ve won your personal injury case.
The law in California prohibits motorists from driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. Drivers are also considered legally intoxicated when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reaches 0.08%.
California likewise has a Zero Tolerance law that prohibits minors from operating motor vehicles in public locations while intoxicated. The BAC level doesn’t matter as long as any amount of alcohol can be detected. This is considered a criminal offense.
If you can prove that intoxication impacted the liable party’s driving during the accident, then they will be considered drunk or intoxicated in the eyes of the law.
Suing multiple parties might be possible depending on the specific facts of your bike or e-scooter accident. Besides the alleged drunk driver, you might be able to file a claim against the driver’s insurance provider and/or parent if the driver is a minor.
On the other hand, what happens if you are a driver and a drunk bike share or e-scooter rider darted out in front of your vehicle? It is important to get a full legal assessment of your rights and options from an attorney in this situation.
If you’ve been injured in a DUI accident involving a bike or e-scooter, having help from our skilled California rideshare law firm will help ensure that you recover maximum compensation for all your damages. Contact The Ride App Attorneys for a free case evaluation today.