Panorama City, California Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
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Drinking and driving should not be mixed, but not everybody respects that rule. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every 50 minutes, one person dies in motor vehicle accidents that involve a drunk driver.
Sadly, things are no different in California. During 2017, there were more than 1,000 drunk driving accidents, as stated by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Besides, many thousands of innocent people were severely injured because others went behind the wheel after drinking.
If it was not enough, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that the annual cost of alcohol-related accidents totals more than $44 billion. In this amount are included all tangible losses, such as:
- Loss of productivity,
- Workplace losses,
- Legal and court expenses,
- Medical costs,
- Emergency medical services,
- Insurance administration,
- Traffic jams, and
- Property damaged.
Take in mind that there are no data for the intangible losses you suffer when you are injured in a drunk driving crash. Still, it is known that you could lose more than your quality of life as a result of the injuries.
Therefore, if you or a loved one were injured in a crash that involves a drunk driver, contact Farahi Law Firm. Our skilled drunk driving accident lawyers have years of experience defending innocent people’s rights. We will work hard to obtain the justice you deserve.
What is drunk driving according to law?
The California Vehicle Code defines driving under the influence (DUI), or drunk driving, as “operating a motor vehicle while the blood alcohol content (BAC) is at or above the limit at which a person cannot drive safely”.
The kind of driver will determine the illegal BAC level:
- Drivers under 21 years and on DUI probation cannot have a BAC level at or above 0.01g/dl.
- Drivers for commercial motor vehicles cannot have a BAC level at or above 0.04g/dl.
- Drivers over 21 years cannot have a BAC level at or above 0.8g/dl.
Of course, some factors can affect a driver’s BAC levels, like any diseases you may have, gender, weight, type of alcohol, number of drinks, and time during which were consumed.
What Are The Effects of Blood Alcohol Concentration?
According to the CDC, alcoholic drinks may affect these ways when you are behind the wheel:
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
Predictable Effect on Driving
0.02g/dl (about 2 alcoholic drinks)
*Some loss of judgment
*Slight body warmth
*Decline in visual functions (rapid tracking in a moving target)
*Decline ability to perform two tasks at the same time (divided attention)
0.05g/dl (about 3 alcoholic drinks)
*May have loss of small muscle control (e.g. focusing your eyes)
*Usually good feeling
*Release of inhibition
*Reduce the ability to track moving objects
*Reduced response to emergency driving situations
0.08g/dl (about 4 alcoholic drinks)
*Muscle coordination becomes poor (balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing)
*Harder to detect danger
*Judgment, self-control, memory, and reasoning are impaired
*Short-term memory loss
*Reduced information processing capability (e.g. signal detection, visual search)
0.10g/dl (about 5 alcoholic drinks)
*Clear deterioration of reaction time and control
*Slurred speech, poor coordination, and slow thinking
*Slow ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately
0.15g/dl (about 7 alcoholic drinks)
*Far less muscle control than normal
*Vomiting may occur (unless this level is reached slowly or a person has developed a tolerance for alcohol)
*Major loss of balance
*Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving task, and in necessary visual and auditory information processing
You should consider that the number of drinks listed represents the approximate amount of alcohol that a 160-pound man would need to drink in one hour to reach the listed BAC.
What to do When You Were Involved in a Drunk Driving Accident in Panorama City
If you have the misfortune to be in a DUI crash, you have to react quickly. Your safety, as well as your passengers, should be your priority. Do you need the paramedics? Call 911 as soon as possible. Remember that the Police also must be on the scene of the incident.
Are you able to move? Please take photos from the scene of the accident. Everything could be used as evidence of your case. It’s also essential that you ask the police officers the number of the accident report; that way, your lawyer can request a copy.
You have to collect all the information from the drunk driver. You will need his/her contact information, as well as his/her plate number, license, and insurance info. Do not forget about the witnesses!
Call your insurance company and contact us! We are the best drunk driving accident lawyers in Panorama City. At Farahi Law Firm, we have thousands of happy clients and million dollars recovered. Your case will be our priority. Call us at (818) 949-1881.
Liability of Other Parties
When you hire our drink driving accident lawyers, they commit to your case. They will consider all the parties that could be held responsible for your injuries, such as:
- Hosts. People that have reunions where alcoholic drinks are served could be liable if one of their friends causes a DUI crash. The law is especially stern with party-givers that provide alcohol to guests after they were inebriated.
- Parents of drunk teenagers. They could be liable if their kids provoked a DUI accident.
- Bar/restaurant staff and owners. They could be held responsible for drunk driving accidents if they did not stop serving patrons that appear to be intoxicated.
Criminal Case VS Civil Case
When there’s been a drunk driving accident and someone gets injured, the DUI driver would face criminal charges. However, that doesn’t mean that the victim would obtain immediate monetary compensation. In fact, the criminal case brought against the driver will be a completely different legal proceeding from a civil personal injury case.
That is the reason why if you were injured in a DUI crash, you have to file a personal injury claim in civil court. So, if the criminal charges are dismissed, you will still be able to hold the drunk driver responsible for his/her negligent conduct and get the financial compensation you deserve.
To obtain the justice you are entitled to; you must hire the best drunk driving accident lawyers. Those who will fight for your legal remedies and obtain the damages you deserve after the trauma endured.
Note that, at Farahi Law Firm, we are always available for you. We will be ready to carry out a thorough investigation to get the answers for the following questions:
- What was the BAC level of the DUI driver?
- Where was the DUI driver drinking before the car accident?
- Does the DUI driver have a medical condition that affects his/her judgment when combined with alcohol?
- Does the DUI driver have a low tolerance for drinking alcohol?
- Could it be proved that the defendant arrived and left the place of drinking in a motor vehicle?
Damages We Will Recover For You
When you or a loved one suffered an injury in a DUI crash, you are entitled to compensation. If you hire Farahi Law Firm, among the damages our drunk driving accident lawyers will recover for you are:
- Present, past and future medical bills
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Emotional distress
- Psychological treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Vehicle repairs or replacement
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Punitive damages
There is also the possibility that the DUI crash was fatal. In that scenario, we are deeply sorry for your loss, but you must bring a case against the drunk driver. We will file a wrongful death claim, and obtain the justice you deserve. The damages may include:
- Hospital bills
- Funeral expenses
- Lost future income
- Property damages
- Emotional suffering
- Loss of care and service
Remember that our drunk driving accident lawyers are 24/7 here for you. We happily answer your questions and accompany you through the whole process. Contact us now!
Having a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
At Farahi Law Firm, we have the most experienced drunk driving accident lawyers in Panorama City. They will deal with the DUI driver’s insurance company, so you do not have to talk to the adjuster. Remember that the adjuster is never on your side!
We are a committed group of attorneys that will look for your interest, but we need your collaboration. Please do not sign any document without consulting us and never give a recorded statement to the adjuster. You have no obligation to do it!
You can be sure that we will obtain the maximum compensation possible. Let us handle the settlement negotiations. A lot of insurance companies tend to offer less than the DUI accident victim is owed, but we will be aggressive sharks for you.
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Drunk Driving FAQs:
You have to file an uninsured claim under your auto insurance. This would help to pay your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Please contact us, so you do not have to deal with the insurance company alone.
Yes. California applies the rule of comparative negligence, which means that even if you are partially responsible for an accident, you may still be able to collect a portion of the damages. Just keep in mind that your monetary award would be reduced by the amount of fault you had in the accident.
You have two years after the date of the case to file your claim, unless the plaintiff is minor, in this scenario you have until his/her 19th birthday to bring the case. If there is a public entity involved in the accident, you only have six months to file the lawsuit.
It is possible. In 98% of the cases, insurance companies rather settle instead of going to trial when their insured has been drinking and driving. So yes, it is possible to settle your case without having to go to trial.
It would depend on the seriousness of your injuries, if the driver was driving under the influence/criminally convicted of a DUI, on your medical treatment, and more. If you want to know the full value of your case, do not hesitate to contact us.
Of course, no. Our drunk driving accident lawyers happily evaluate your case free of charge. Also, we have a strict policy that you do not have to pay a fee until we win.