Drunk Driving Wrongful Death Claims


In Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area, the tragedy of drunk driving casts a long shadow on the community. Our law firm stands at the forefront of providing compassionate and tenacious legal support to families shattered by the devastating outcomes of drunk driving incidents. With an unwavering commitment to justice, we pursue wrongful death claims on behalf of those who have lost loved ones because of the negligent or reckless actions of intoxicated drivers. 

At Roeser Law Firm, we understand the deep emotional and financial toll these tragedies inflict, and we are dedicated to securing the compensation our clients deserve to aid in their healing and recovery.

Liability in a Drunk Driving Accident and Resulting Death

In Washington, D.C., various parties can be held liable in a car accident involving intoxicated driving that results in loss and tragedy. Primarily, the intoxicated driver is the central figure held responsible for the accident due to their reckless decision to operate a vehicle under the influence. However, liability may not solely rest on the driver’s shoulders. Under certain circumstances, establishments like bars, clubs, or restaurants that serve alcohol to visibly intoxicated persons or minors can also be held accountable under “dram shop” laws. 

Additionally, social hosts who provide alcohol at gatherings where minors are served or an individual becomes notably intoxicated and then involved in a driving accident may face liability. Navigating these legal waters demands a deep understanding of Washington, D.C.’s specific statutes and an experienced legal team capable of meticulously dissecting the events leading to the accident to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable.

Pursuing a Wrongful Death Claim 

The legal process for pursuing a drunk driving wrongful death claim in Washington, D.C., begins with an investigation of the accident. This initial phase involves collecting and analyzing evidence, including police reports, witness statements, and any available surveillance footage, to construct a solid foundation for the case. Following the investigation, our team works diligently to identify all potential defendants, which may extend beyond the drunk driver to include third parties under “dram shop” and social host liability laws.

Damage Recovery in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Once the groundwork is established, a wrongful death claim can be filed. This legal action seeks damages in a number of areas, such as medical costs incurred prior to death, funeral and cremation or burial expenses, wages that were lost and future earnings of the deceased, and non-economic damages like loss of companionship. Navigating the complexities of the District’s legal system and advocating for our client’s rights at every step, from pre-trial negotiations to courtroom litigation, underscores our commitment to achieving a just outcome. Our goal throughout this process is not only to secure financial compensation but also to hold the responsible parties accountable, promoting a safer community for all.

The Roeser Law Firm: Drunk Driving Injuries and Fatalities

The Roeser Law Firm is dedicated to supporting families in securing the compensation they rightfully deserve following a wrongful death incident involving a drunk driver. For a complimentary consultation without any obligations, please contact us at (202) 660-4070. Our experienced team is ready to answer all your queries, guide you through the process, provide robust representation against insurance firms, or represent you in civil court if required. Alternatively, for your convenience, we’re also available for online contact.

Zeke Roeser


3000 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 140
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 660-4070