Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
In California, drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable care not to injure others while they are operating a motor vehicle. A motorist who fails to do so, such as one who drives under the influence of alcohol, can be deemed negligent. Not only can drunk drivers be subject to criminal charges, such as DUI with injury or vehicular manslaughter, they can also face civil liabilities lawsuits.
Victims of drunk driving accidents are entitled to just compensation for the inexcusable behavior of those who get behind the wheel when they are intoxicated. The attorneys at J&Y are experienced in fighting for the victims of car accidents in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, San Bernardino County, San Francisco County and Sacramento County.
Recovering Damages in a Drunk Driving Accident
If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, you have powerful legal recourse to recover damages. If the motorist who caused the collision is facing criminal charges, you may be entitled to restitution. Even if the driver is not convicted, you may still file a personal injury lawsuit based on negligence.
You may be able to recover compensatory damages for past and future medical expenses, property damage, lost wages and earning capacity as well as an award for your pain and suffering. The statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is 2 years from the date of the accident.
If the motorist who caused the crash was legally intoxicated, you may also be entitled to punitive damages which are designed to financially punish that driver’s irresponsible behavior. Because these damages exceed the actual losses that you may have incurred, the amount of your reward may be significantly increased. In order to be awarded punitive damages you must demonstrate that the other driver acted with conscious disregard for your rights and safety.
When a loved one 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.
How the law firm of J&Y Pursues Drunk Driving Claims
At the law firm of J&Y we recognize the emotional, physical and financial burdens of a drunk driving accident can be difficult to bear. After such an accident, the insurance company may make an effort to resolve the case by offering a settlement if you agree to drop any claims against the driver. Before you accept any offer, it is essential to speak to our experienced drunk driving accident attorneys.
We know that the insurance company only wants to pay a minimal amount and does not care about your best interest. 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 matter in court. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a drunk driving accident, contact the law firm of J&Y today at (877) 735-7035 for a free evaluation of your case.