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5 Facts About Car Crashes Caused by Intoxicated Drivers in Boise

As you head home after a nice dinner in downtown Boise, you are suddenly struck by another vehicle on West Main Street. The accident leaves you and your passenger with serious physical injuries. Your motor vehicle suffers severe damage, and is likely totaled. After the police arrive at the scene of the crash, you quickly realize that the driver of the other vehicle was possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.

Think this won’t happen to you? Think again. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, someone is killed in an accident involving a drunk driver every 53 minutes in the United States. Similarly, someone is injured in a crash involving a drunk driver every 90 seconds.

Five Helpful Facts About Drunk Driving Accidents in Boise

  1. A driver is considered to be “driving under the influence” in Idaho if they are over age 21 and have a blood alcohol concentration is .08 or higher. If the driver is under age 21, the limit is .02. Further, if the driver is operating a commercial vehicle, the limit is .04.
  2. Alcohol impairs a driver’s ability to make sound judgments and to react quickly while operating a motor vehicle.
  3.  Alcohol impairs a driver’s gross motor skills and can give the driver a false sense of confidence.
  4. People injured by intoxicated drivers may be able to bring a lawsuit against the drinking establishment or person that sold or furnished the alcohol to  the drunk driver provided that a notice of dram shop action is served upon the purveyor of the alochol to the obviously intoxicated driver within 180 days from the date of the collision consistent with Idaho Code Section 23-808.  The injured party must show that the establishment or person knew or should have known that the driver was under 21, or that the person was obviously intoxicated at the time the alcohol was sold or supplied. These laws are known as Idaho’s “dram shop” and “social host” statutes.
  5. Victims of accidents caused by drunk drivers in Idaho can pursue claims against the drunk driver for which the defendant's insurance carrier will be liable to pay the claim upon settlement or verdict.


If you or your loved one were injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, you are likely facing substantial medical costs, lost income, and property damage. Fortunately, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. To learn more about how the attorneys at Morton Law Offices can help you, we invite you to read the firsthand accounts from other satisfied clients on our client testimonials page.

Alan Morton
Advocate for Justice/Trial Lawyer