California Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers and Drunk Driving Injury Attorneys
Did you know that approximately 13,000 fatal motor vehicle accidents occur in the United States every year?
Would it surprise you to learn that more than 1/3 of these accidents involve drunk or inebriated drivers?
Did you know that more than 700,000 people are injured in alcohol related automobile or motor vehicle crashes every year?
Obviously, these statistics do not begin to tell or describe the shattered lives left in the wake of such senseless accidents.
A family trying to put the pieces back together after the loss of a loved one can be emotionally challenging at every turn. The added economic and finacial harm can be further devastating.
Also, those who are seriously hurt by the negligent actions of drunk drivers can sustain life changing injuries that prevent them from returning to work and reduce their quality of life. Many times the debilitating injuries suffered by drunk driving auto accident victims plague them for years following the accident.
The issues that drunk driving accident victims face (medical bills, lost wages, long-term care, inability to return to previous way of life) can make an already complicated and traumatic experience even more devastating as you try to get fairly compensated from the insurance companies.
What can you do if you if you have been hurt or lost a loved one to a drunk driver? Contact us to discuss the legal remedies and options available to compensate you and your child for their injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in the California area please call us immediately for a FREE evaluation – (310) 774-4500.
We understand how the insurance companies operate and we know how to strategize to obtain maximum recovery through effective negotiation. We are also experienced trial attorneys and we never back down from the courtroom, especially when we are pursuing the money you need and deserve to get better and continue on with your life.
The person who decided to drive drunk may serve time in jail, lose their license, or pay stiff fines, however, these punishments do not begin to offset the pain and suffering experienced by the victims of their negligent actions. Whether you have been injured or your loved one has been injured or killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, our auto accident lawyer and staff in California have extensive experience helping clients throughout Cal area to obtain the compensation they need to move forward. Contact us for a free case evaluation.
What makes an injury case involving alcohol or a drunk driver different from another car accident injury claim?
In some drunk driving accident cases, a claim for punitive, or exemplary, damages can be made in addition to the compensatory damages to which you may be entitled.
In any action for personal injury or death arising from the operation of a motor vehicle, engine or train, the finder of fact may, in its discretion, award exemplary damages to the plaintiff if the evidence proves that the defendant acted with malice toward the plaintiff or the defendant’s conduct was so willful or wanton as to show a conscious disregard for the rights of others.
A defendant’s conduct shall be deemed sufficiently willful or wanton as to show a conscious disregard for the rights of others when the evidence proves that
- when the incident causing the injury or death occurred, the defendant had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 percent or more by weight by volume or 0.15 grams or more per 210 liters of breath;
- at the time the defendant began drinking alcohol, or during the time he was drinking alcohol, he knew or should have known that his ability to operate a motor vehicle, engine or train would be impaired, or when he was operating a motor vehicle he knew or should have known that his ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired; and
- the defendant’s intoxication was a proximate cause of the injury to or death of the plaintiff.