Victim of a Drunk Driver in Washington D.C.| What to Know

It is no secret that drunk driving is incredibly dangerous. Getting behind the wheel while intoxicated can result in life-altering injuries and even death.  An injury can lead to overwhelming medical bills, financial trouble, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. As a result, you may deserve compensation to help ease these burdens. Read on to learn more about recovering compensation after a drunk driving accident in Washington D.C.

Holding a driver accountable

If a driver makes the decision to get behind the wheel of a car while drunk, he or she should be held accountable. If you are injured by a drunk driver, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. In order to do this, it is important to call 911 to the scene immediately. The police can send an ambulance, conduct field sobriety tests, administer a breathalyzer test, and more. Additionally, you should visit the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility right away. It is important to seek medical attention, even if you do not believe you have been seriously injured, as it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Going to a doctor will also provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. This can play a large role in a personal injury case, so be sure to ask for a copy of any relevant medical documents. If you are able, take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document your injuries as well as any damage done to the vehicles/property involved.

Holding an establishment accountable

Dram shop laws are in place to hold establishments that serve alcohol accountable for who they serve. For example, if a customer is clearly showing signs of intoxication and the bartender continues to serve the customer, the bartender or establishment may be held responsible if the customer goes on to cause an accident. Dram shop laws also apply to liquor stores, restaurants, and any other establishment that serves alcohol. Some examples of dram shop negligence are as follows:

  • Serving alcohol to an individual who is already intoxicated
  • Serving alcohol to an individual who appears to be intoxicated
  • Serving alcohol to “a person of notoriously intemperate habits,” meaning an alcoholic
  • Serving alcohol to a minor

If you have been injured by a drunk driver in Washington D.C., our firm will advocate for you. Reach out today to discuss your case.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.