People who drive while under the influence of alcohol are far more likely to cause accidents as compared to sober drivers. When alcohol-impaired individuals drive, their slower reaction times and impaired judgement lead to accidents at higher rates because they miscalculate how long it will take to stop or change direction to avoid a collision. For the victims of drunk driving accidents, their injuries are often much more severe than with other types of car accidents.
At Bridgewater Law Group, we have no sympathy for people who make the choice to drink and drive. If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, we will do everything possible to hold the responsible party accountable while helping you to obtain the maximum compensation possible for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.California DUI Accident Statistics
Every year, thousands of Californians are injured in drunk driving-related auto accidents. More than 3,000 drunk-driving accident victims die each year. California is among the states with the highest number of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, second only to Texas, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
However, the state of California has strict laws to support the victims of drunk driving accidents. If you have suffered as a result of an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, the law is on your side. In California, drivers can be convicted of a DWI or DUI if they are:
- Under 21 years with a BAC of 0.01% or higher
- Over age 21 with a BAC of 0.08% or higher
- Operating a commercial vehicle with a BAC of 0.04% or higher
California has a zero tolerance BAC policy for all drivers under 21 years of age. It is also illegal under California law to operate a vehicle while impaired by medications or drugs, including all illegal drugs, over-the-counter medications and prescription medications.Obtaining Compensation As a Victim of a Drunk Driving Accident
In addition to pursuing criminal charges against the drunk driver, drunk driving accident victims and their families also have the right to pursue civil claims in order to recover damages. If the drunk driver has already been arrested or convicted of a DUI or DWI, you have the right to file a claim in civil court immediately. You do not have to delay your claim until the criminal trial has ended before you can pursue your civil legal action.
Drunk driving accident victims may also pursue civil claims against the hosts of the party where the alcohol was served, or against bar and restaurant staff and owners. Bars and restaurants are legally required to stop serving alcohol when a guest appears intoxicated.
In many cases, the insurance company is also required to provide compensation for your accident. However, without experienced legal representation, many drunk driving accident victims are often fooled into accepting poor settlement offers or have their coverage denied on false grounds.What Is the Value of Your Los Angeles Drunk Driving Accident Claim?
You are likely aware that every victim harmed in California drunk driving accidents are entitled to many forms of compensation. However, determining the value of your claim is no easy task.
First, you must account for every way in which the drunk driving accident has impacted your life. While financial damages are easier to determine, other damages that do not affect your bank account but have resulted in a negative impact on your life are less tangible.
Here are some examples of the damages that a Los Angeles drunk driving lawyer can help you to recover:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages resulting from time away from work during your recovery
- Reduced ability to earn a living in the future
- Repair or replacement of your damaged vehicle
- Decreased quality of life
- Emotional trauma
- Permanent disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
At Bridgewater Law Group, we ensure that there is no risk to pursue a civil claim for a drunk driving accident. We offer a no fee approach which ensures that you don't have to pay unless you win. Furthermore, we have ample experience in dealing with the insurance companies and we're ready to fight to the last penny to help you get the damages that you deserve to cover your accident-related injuries.Contact a Los Angeles DUI Accident Attorney Today
The longer you delay starting on your claim, the harder it will be for you to make your case for compensation. To help us go after and obtain the maximum amount possible successfully, you need to act now.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident involving a drunk driver, call Bridgewater Law Group today at (833) 292-8375. Our Los Angeles DUI Attorney is here to provide you with the guidance and direction you need.