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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Can you claim if you were in a car accident with a drunk driver?


    Driving under the influence of alcohol is against the law. If you were injured in a car accident with a drunk driver, you could subsequently be entitled to make a compensation claim.

    In a car accident with a drunk driver

    If the driver of another vehicle was drunk and caused the accident, your passenger injury claim should be reasonably straightforward. If, however, the driver of the vehicle you were in was drunk, matters are a little more complicated.

    Reduced claim

    Under these circumstances, your claim may be reduced if you were aware of the fact that the driver was drunk. In this case, the court hearing your case will consider how much you may have contributed towards your own injuries. Your contribution may include the fact that you knew the driver had been drinking alcohol, you or the driver may not have been wearing seat belts, and so on.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Specialising in accidents caused by driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, our expert in-house solicitors have over 16 years’ experience in dealing with claims like yours. As such, they can quickly and efficiently assess contributing factors that may result in your claim being reduced and advise you in accordance with their assessment.

    Get advice

    You can get free, no-obligation advice about claiming compensation after being in a car accident with a drunk driver by calling our freephone helpline. Our friendly, helpful advisors will answer any questions you may have and help you establish whether you are entitled to claim or not. Any personal details you provide during this informal chat will be kept confidential.

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    What happens next?

    Having confirmed your eligibility to claim, the advisor will offer to have one of our solicitors assigned to your case. You are not obligated to accept this offer, but we recommend doing so to maximise your chances of making a successful injury claim. On your acceptance of this offer, we will assign a solicitor with years of experience in conducting drunk driver claims to you. Operating under a conditional (no-win, no-fee*) agreement, this solicitor will then work with/for you throughout the claim process.

    Get in touch

    To get advice and/or enlist our legal assistance, pick up your mobile or UK landline and dial 0333 500 0993 or 0800 689 0500 (respective numbers for mobile and landline calls). You can also use our 30-second online test to determine your claim’s eligibility.

    Date Published: March 8, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.