San Diego DUI Accident Victim Lawyers
Victim Injured by a Drunk Driver
Drunk drivers and motorists driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are amongst the most dangerous people the roads. A qualified San Diego personal injury lawyer can ensure that you and your family receive the compensation you deserve and to ensure that the intoxicated driver pays for his recklessness.
Contact a San Diego car accident attorney to ensure that your rights are protected after being hit by an intoxicated driver.
What Are Some Common Mistakes Victims Make?
People injured by a drunk driver in an auto accident typically make two mistakes:
(1) they hire a lawyer who is not experienced in handling drunk driving injury accident cases, and
(2) thinking that a drunk driving personal injury case is just like a typical car accident.
Personal injury cases where the at-fault driver was driving under the influence of alcohol are VERY different from the average accident not caused by intoxication.
Why Should I Hire a San Diego DUI Accident Victim Attorney?
Hiring an experienced San Diego auto accident lawyer is important for at least two reasons. First, the value of a claim brought about by a drunk driver is typically increased due to the fact that the driver was intoxicated. Under Taylor v. Superior Court, your lawyer may be able to seek punitive damages. Under California law, punitive damages are rare and intended solely to punish the wrongdoer from reckless and wanton conduct done in complete disregard to the safety of others.
Also, other people may be responsible for the drunk driver’s conduct. Although bar owners and social hosts are generally not held to be liable for injuries caused by a DUI driver, that may not be the case if a bar was over-serving the driver—that is serving an obviously intoxicated person—when they know that he is driving his car after leaving the bar. In addition, social hosts who serve minor children who cannot legally drink—most usually parents or adults who let teenagers party with alcohol at their home—may be responsible to compensate anyone injured later by a drunk driver leaving their party.
Call Jurewitz Law Group at (888) 233-5020 Today
If you are injured due to the negligence or carelessness of a drunk driver, or you have lost a loved one in a DUI accident, please call experienced and aggressive attorney Ross Jurewitz at the Jurewitz Law Group. We can help you anywhere in California or if you are a Californian hurt anywhere in the United States by someone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Please call (888) 233-5020 for a FREE consultation with one of our San Diego DUI car accident victim lawyers.
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Criminal vs. Civil DUI Trials
When drivers operate vehicles while intoxicated, they pose a serious threat to the wellbeing of pedestrians and other motorists. If you are hit by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. In most cases, a person facing drunk driving charges will face two separate trials; criminal and civil. In a criminal case, no compensation is awarded, but if the driver is found guilty, he or she will face imprisonment, community service, or fines. If the drunk driver caused the death of another person, the penalty would be more severe than usual.
As the victim, you may be able to file a civil suit against the responsible party, even if they are not found guilty in a criminal court. The amount of money that you receive will be decided by the judge, and will largely depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident. In most jurisdictions, you have a limited amount of time to file a suit, and your chances of winning are considerably greater when you hire a trained legal professional to represent you. In a civil trial, you can seek reimbursement for your suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and anything else you believe that you are entitled to.
Are You Entitled to Compensation?
Drunk drivers cause a significant number of vehicle-related fatalities each year. If someone you care about is killed by a drunk driver, you may be able to file a wrongful death suit. When a person loses their life because another driver can’t control their drinking habits, family members are bound to suffer indefinitely. If the driver fled the scene after the accident, you might still be able to get the justice that you and your loved one deserve by contacting your local authorities. If you win your wrongful death suit, you may be entitled to compensation for the following.
- Medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of your loved one’s future wages
In the state of California, immediate family members, such as parents, spouses, siblings, and children can file a wrongful death suit on behalf of their deceased loved one.
Physical and Emotional Suffering
Even if you or a loved one manages to survive a crash caused by an intoxicated driver, you can still sustain numerous life-threatening injuries. Broken bones, head and neck trauma, and brain damage are just a few of the most frequently sustained injuries accident victims have to deal with. When a serious injury occurs to the spinal cord or vertebrae, the unfortunate victim can end up facing the prospect of paralysis or loss of mobility. A sudden impact to the head can also fracture the skull or damage the brain. Injuries to the brain can sometimes result in:
- Cognitive impairment
- Permanent memory loss
- Loss of physical senses
- Emotional turbulence
In addition to physical trauma, accident victims often suffer mentally in the days, and sometimes years after their initial ordeal. It is not uncommon for car crash victims to suffer from post-traumatic stress, panic attacks, and depression. No one should have to pay for their own medical expenses when a drunk driver is actually responsible.
Hire a Trained Legal Professional
During the criminal and civil trials, the individual responsible for the accident will more than likely hire an attorney. If you want to improve your chances of getting justice, you will need to hire a lawyer who has experience with cases involving vehicle accidents and drunk drivers. Contact Jurewitz Law Group’s team of San Diego personal injury attorneys at (619) 233-5020 to learn more about your legal options.
DUI Accident Case Results
- Awarded: $86,00 - Drunk Driving Car Accident, Soft Tissue Injuries
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