Virginia law sets certain obligations for passengers before they get in a passenger vehicle. The passenger should not enter a vehicle with a driver who has consumed alcohol that impairs his ability to drive.
Example #1: You are out with a friend who has drank too much to drive in a safe manner. Do not get in the car. Under Virginia law, you can be charged with contributory negligence in the case of an accident. If you are found to be contributorily negligent, you cannot recover for any injuries sustained from the negligent actions of the driver.
Example #2: You get in the car with a friend who has been drinking, but you do not know the friend has been drinking. Under these circumstances you would not be contributorily negligent and could collect damages if the negligent actions of the driver caused an accident.
You can collect for injuries. Call the personal injury law firm of Wilson & Hajek.