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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during 2018, there were at least 1,069 fatalities in drunk driving accidents in California. Our state placed second, just below Texas, where 1,439 people died in these circumstances.
Sadly, this is not the only outcome when someone drinks and goes behind the wheel. A lot of driving under the influence (DUI) cause that innocent people get severely injured with:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident in Bakersfield, California, contact Farahi Law Firm. Our skilled and experienced attorneys will guide and accompany you through the whole process. We will obtain the justice you deserve!
Driving under the influence (DUI), also known as drunk driving, means operating a motor vehicle while the blood alcohol content (BAC) is at or above the statutory limit, at which a person cannot drive safely.
Chapter 12 of the California Vehicle Code states that it is illegal to:
Nonetheless, there are a lot of factors that can affect your BAC level, such as:
American Addiction Centers (AAC) points out that increasing the BAC level produce some side effects and impairments that could reduce your ability to control a vehicle, such as:
To be safe on the road, you have to be a defensive driver, and part of that is knowing the signs when another car on the road might have a drunk driver at the wheel.
Here are some elements that would help you determine if a driver is drunk:
If you are driving and suspect the driver of another vehicle is drunk, you must:
Do not attempt to stop the drunk driver’s car on your own. Leave that to the police!
In case you or a loved one have been involved in a DUI accident, you are entitled to compensation, but first, you have to:
If you or your loved one suffered a severe injury in a DUI accident, you are entitled to damages that may include:
In case the DUI crash was fatal, and you lost a loved one, you must contact an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer immediately to file a wrongful death claim, and obtain the justice you deserve. Among the damages you are entitled are:
In all the scenarios, it is essential to remember that the at-blame driver’s insurance company is never on your side, therefore do not talk with their adjuster before contacting an attorney!
The adjuster is looking for their best interests, not yours. You will be shocked how many times insurance companies try to push some of the blame onto the injured victim. If they can do so, it will allow them to reduce liability. Remember that you have no obligation to give them a recorded statement after an accident.
Please, avoid early settlement negotiations, and do not sign any documents without consulting with your Bakersfield drunk driving accident lawyer. A common tactic is to offer a quick, lowball settlement to the DUI accident victim. Let our Bakersfield drunk driving accident lawyers handle the negotiations. We will recover what you are owed!
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DUI lawsuits must be brought within two years of the date of the accident. If the plaintiff is a minor, you have until their 19th birthday to bring the case. There is an exception to this law. When a public entity is in any way involved in the accident, you have only six months to file the claim, even if the plaintiff is a minor.
In a drunk driving accident claim, other defendants may bear partial, or total, liability for the crash, such as:
Your attorney should explore all the possibilities that lead to the negligent act and DUI crash.
You should file a claim under your auto insurance, which is known as an underinsured or uninsured claim (UM/UIM). This type of insurance should pay your medical bills and lost wages. It is critical that you contact an attorney immediately; you do not want to deal with the insurance company alone.
A toxicologist will have to be called at trial to establish the level of alcohol and/or drugs in a person’s body.
Yes. Insurance companies do not want to go to trial when their insured has been driving under the influence. With DUI drivers, the verdicts tend to be more substantial.
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