Alcohol-related accidents


This is a clear connection between alcohol and accidents, as alcohol seriously impairs your judgement, co-ordination and reactions. Alcohol related accidents don’t only occur on the roads, they also occur at work, at home and in public. Serious injury can result from alcohol-related accidents.

There can also be legal consequences stemming from alcohol-related accidents if injury occurs.

Criminal law

If you have been involved in an accident and alcohol played a part, the police may become involved; especially so if an injury took place. Criminal damage to property can also have an alcohol factor. If you are involved in an alcohol-related accident, you should ensure you have legal support throughout your case.

If you are accused of a crime that resulted in an accident and alcohol was involved, your area has many solicitors that can assist you with your case.

An alcohol-related accident could result in criminal injury. The type of injury you received will determine if you are eligible for any compensation payment from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority:

  • Their website gives details of the types of injuries you could get compensation for
  • Note that you need to bring your claim for possible compensation because of an alcohol-related accident within two years of the accident taking place

If someone is injured or killed in an alcohol-related accident, the fact that alcohol was involved will affect the issue of criminal responsibility. If you have been involved in an accident where somebody was seriously injured, the police will need to become involved, and you should speak to a solicitor.

Road accidents

You could also be involved in a road accident that involved alcohol. If dangerous driving caused your accident, the police will breathalyse all the drivers in the accident. If the person that hit you has more than the legal limit of alcohol in their blood, the police will prosecute them.

Additionally, alcohol issues will affect claims for compensation for personal injury or damage to property. In particular, alcohol will affect insurance policies, as generally insurance will be void if the insured party was affected by alcohol at the time of the accident.

If you are involved in an accident where personal injury or property damage was sustained, you need to carefully check any relevant insurance policies and might want to consider talking to a solicitor before approaching your insurer.

Similarly, if you wish to make a claim for injury or property damage sustained by you through someone else’s fault, your prospects of making a successful claim may be affected if you or they were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

Making a claim

In these cases, any injury you suffered because of the alcohol-related accident could mean you receive compensation. A solicitor that has experience of personal-injury claims can assess your case and let you know if you have a strong-enough case for compensation or even grounds to sue the other driver yourself.

Alcohol can play a part in any number of accidents you could be involved in. If you think that in your accident alcohol was a component, contact a local solicitor as soon as you can. Contact Law can match you to a solicitor in your area.

For more information on road accidents involving alcohol, see our page on drink-driving accidents.

If you have been involved in an alcohol-related accident, Contact Law can put you in touch with a specialist personal injury or criminal motoring lawyer to assist you in bringing a claim for compensation. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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