Drunk Driving Accidents
Los Angeles Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
Despite the public’s awareness of the perils of drunk driving, people continue to get behind the wheel after drinking far too often. Due to a combination of slowed reaction times and impaired judgement, drunk drivers are far more likely to cause accidents than sober drivers, usually with tragic consequences. In fact, thousands of Californians are seriously injured or killed in alcohol and drug-related auto accidents each year.
At J&Y Law Firm, our experienced car accident attorneys routinely represent drunk driving accident victims throughout Northern and Southern California. If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Our legal team has a well-deserved reputation for aggressively fighting for the rights of our clients.
What is DUI?
In California, a person can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher while the BAC limit for drivers of commercial vehicles is 0.04 percent. Additionally, there is zero tolerance for driving under the influence for those under the age of 21. If any amount of alcohol is detectable in the blood system of a driver under 21, he or she can be charged with DUI. Finally, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by illegal drugs, prescription medications, and over-the-counter medications.
Drunk Driving Civil Lawsuits
In California, drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable care not to injure others while operating a motor vehicle. Although individuals who drive under the influence may face criminal charges, a drunk driver need not be convicted for you to pursue a civil claim because the burden of proof is lower in a civil proceeding than a criminal proceeding. If the drunk driver is convicted, you may be awarded restitution by the court. If the driver is not convicted or pleads to a lesser charge, it is still possible to obtain compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
Recovering Damages in a Drunk Driving Accident
If you or a loved one has been involved in a drunk driving accident in California, you may be able to recover the following damages:
- Compensatory Damages – This includes past and future medical expenses, property damage, lost wages and earning capacity as well as an award for your pain and suffering.
- Punitive Damages – If the motorist who caused the accident has a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher, these damages are designed to financially punish that driver’s irresponsible behavior. There are limits to punitive damages, however. In order to be awarded punitive damages you must demonstrate that the other driver acted with conscious disregard of your rights and safety.
- Wrongful Death – If a family member is killed in a drunk driving accident, the closest surviving relative of the victim can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages for medical bills incurred prior to the death, funeral expenses, lost future income, property damages, mental anguish, and for loss of care and services.
Why You Should Call J&Y Law Firm for Your Drunk Driving Accident Claim
Our experienced attorneys are keenly aware that drunk driving accident victims are often left with significant physical, emotional and financial burdens. We are here to help lift that burden by offering you knowledge, compassion and a superior level of personal service.
Because these claims typically involve intricate and detailed negotiations with insurance companies, many accident victims never receive the full value of their claims. Driven by profits, insurers typically offer quick settlements for as little money as possible. We will vigorously fight for your right to the maximum compensation, including unexpected expenses such as those for future surgeries and treatments. If the insurance company does not agree to a fair settlement, we will litigate the case in court.
At J&Y Law Firm, all accident cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means you will not pay any attorneys fees unless your claim is successful. It is important to note that the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit in California is two years from the date of the accident. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a drunk driving accident, call our office today for a free consultation or complete the contact form on our website.