California Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers and Drunk Driving Injury Attorneys
Did you know that approximately 13,000 fatal Drunk Driving 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?
Why Do You Need Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers?
Drinking and driving should never be mixed together. When you wish to have a great time, just hire a cab as the drunk driving accident statistics are shocking. Every year in the U.S. nearly 13,000 fatal motor accidents occur, with nearly 1/3rd of the cases being because the driver was behind the wheel under the influence. Despite blatant advertising and knowledge, people end up driving under the influence which results in more than 700,000 people getting injured due to motor vehicle accidents. It is saddening to see so many deaths and injuries take place due to willful ignorance of people.
However, this ignorance can prove very costly if your family member or a loved one is involved in such an accident. Apart from the physical pain, and emotional trauma, you also end up dealing with financial losses due to huge medical bills and no earnings. Though nothing can be done about the former issues, the latter ones can be taken care of by hiring expert drunk driving accident attorneys like Farahi Law Firm. Negligence on the part of the driver can result in devastating losses for you.
The drinking and driving laws define that a person should not drive under any kind of influence (drinks or drugs). A conscious disregard can be observed in a DUI driver, if:
- The blood alcohol level is 0.08% by weight of alcohol in their blood.
- Despite being under the influence, the person chose to drive.
What Difference can a Specialized Lawyer Make for a DUI Accident Victim?
Many times, the injuries sustained by people involved in such accidents prevent them from getting back to work. With no source of income and huge medical bills, it is a downward fall all the way. It is not easy dealing with insurance companies on your own. They are often interested in cutting corners and you might end up being inadequately compensated for your injuries, without a lawyer by your side.
The laws are complicated, and it is not always possible for a layman (especially one who has undergone severe trauma) to understand the complexity of the subject. Most insurance companies do not doll out huge compensation unless there is an attorney in the picture. Hiring an attorney who specializes in drunk driving accidents can get you a better compensation for the trauma you went through. This is because:
- They ensure that the accident is investigated and documented properly to gather evidence against the guilty party.
- They know the way around insurance companies and their workings.
- They can negotiate a better deal for maximum recovery.
- They are experienced trial attorneys who can drag the insurance companies for fairer and better claims.
- If push comes to shove, they can file a civil court motion to get adequate damages for your injuries.
The victim of a DUI accident can seek damages to medical expenses (transportation, hospitalization, and cost of medication) and any rehabilitation costs, any loss of income and potential loss of future income, pain, and suffering.
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) 272-5949.
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.