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Car keys and liquor glassIn drunk driving cases, establishing fault is typically simple and straight-forward. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a criminal offense and fault is generally attributed to the criminal party in such cases. Nonetheless, counsel and representation from our drunk driving injury lawyers can prove invaluable. Our Salt Lake City firm is built on our clients' best interests and our personal injury group will work diligently on your behalf to protect those interests. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the actions of a drunk driver, we sincerely believe that it is in your best interest to seek legal help. Our team of personal injury attorneys, led by Mr. Norm Younker, can help maximize your recovery and ensure your rights and interests are represented in court. To arrange a consultation with experienced, compassionate drunk driving injury lawyers, contact our Salt Lake City office today. We serve clients from throughout Utah and surrounding areas.

Drunk Driving Accidents

Even a minor amount of alcohol can inhibit a person's ability to drive a motor vehicle safely. For this reason, all 50 states have enacted strict DUI laws outlining maximum allowable blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. Unfortunately, thousands of people knowingly and willingly violate these laws every year, and many of them cause motor vehicle accidents that result in catastrophic injury and death. Such action shows willful negligence and these individuals can be held accountable for financial and non-financial losses. Due to the severity of the infraction, drunk driving accidents often result in both civil and criminal charges.


Though every case is different, the victim in a drunk driving accident can typically file for damages (financial compensation) related to medical expenses, future related medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of future income, and other related financial loss, as well as for intangibles such as emotional and physical pain and suffering. In the tragic event a loved one is killed by a drunk driver, we can help you file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent. In wrongful death cases, the spouse, guardian, or child of the decedent may be able to file a claim for damages relating to loss of income, medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of contribution, and loss of consortium. In some cases, it may also be possible to file for punitive damages to punish the defendant for his or her reckless actions and to send a message to the community about the potential consequences of such behavior. During a consultation at our Salt Lake City office, our drunk driving injury lawyers can advise you of your options.

Establishing Liability

In cases involving a drunk driving accident, establishing liability can be as easily as showing that one of the involved parties was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If fault is disputed, we can consult with a network of more than 1,000 experts, including forensic analysts and accident reconstruction experts, to establish liability. We have the resources to take on any defendant; in fact, we are unlike most small firms and cannot be intimidated into accepting a quick settlement. We prepare every case for trial in order to maximize our clients' recovery.

Common Causes of Drunk Driving Accidents

Alcohol impairs judgement and slows reflexes. Both of these qualities make it extremely difficult to properly and safely operate a motor vehicle. Some of the common causes of drunk driving accidents include:

  • Excessive speed
  • Crossing over the center line
  • Failing to yield
  • Failing to stop

According to the Centers for Disease Control, a driver with a BAC of .08 is 11 times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than a sober driver. The dangers of driving under the influence of real, which is why the drunk driving injury lawyers at our Salt Lake City firm take DUI injury cases so seriously. Our aim is three-fold: to compensate the victim for his or her losses, to hold the liable party accountable, and to help discourage like behavior from other people.

Contact Our Drunk Driving Injury Lawyers

We invite you to contact Younker Hyde Macfarlane today if you or someone you love has been involved in a drunk driving accident. At our Salt Lake City office, you can trust our drunk driving injury lawyers to provide you with expert legal counsel and aggressive representation.

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They were extremely knowledgeable, extremely helpful experts. The team helped me with all aspects of my case, including medical and financial, and understood that it affected more than me but also my family.

- Jill S.


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