Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or a controlled substance contributes to thousands of accidents yearly. Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among people who are aged 30 and younger. A third of those traffic deaths in the United States involve a drunk driver, according to the Center for Disease and Control (CDC). Over 10,000 of those deaths during the time reported from 2003-2012 were in California. Many injured people in DUI accidents are under the assumption that their insurance company will take care of them. What many people don’t know is that the insurance company will often want you to settle as quickly as possible for as little as possible and have you sign a release of liability. What that means is that you have released the insurance company for all liability in regard to the accident. However, the insurance company may not consider how much medical treatment you may need in the future and how your disability however serious may cost you loss of wages in the future. Furthermore, you want to be compensated for your pain and suffering and mental anguish that the accident may have caused you. That is why you need an experienced attorney to advocate for you and the rights of your family.
GET COMPENSATED FOR YOUR INJURIES AGAINST A DRUNK DRIVER
If you have been injured in an accident due to a drunk driver your medical expenses associated with the accident may be astronomical. The costs associated with being taken away in an ambulance, hospital stays, surgeries, physical therapy and rehabilitation can place you and your family in an emotional and financial hardship. Moreover, you may not be able to work for quite a while if you are seriously injured.
Here at Bojat Law Group we understand what it takes to get maximum awards for our injured clients who have been hit by drunk drivers. If you have been injured, you may be entitled to general and special damages. That means you can get compensated for your loss of wages including future wages and for your pain and suffering. You may also receive punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded in order to deter the drunk driver and others from engaging in the same type of conduct.
YOU CAN FILE A LAWSUIT AGAINST A DRIVER EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE ACQUITTED OF A DUI
Did you know that you may still seek damages for your injuries against a driver that was acquitted of a DUI? When you a file a case for your injuries you will file in a civil court, not a criminal court. In a criminal court, the highest burden of proof “beyond a reasonable doubt” is required in order to convict a person of a crime. In a civil court there are two standards known as “preponderance of the evidence” meaning more likely than not, and “clear and convincing evidence” meaning the evidence must be compelling enough to find a party liable. As a result, a jury may find that the impaired driver may be liable for your injuries even though they were not convicted of a DUI.
WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM AGAINST A DRUNK DRIVER
If you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident you may file a lawsuit against the driver on behalf of the decedent’s estate. Many times, the deceased person’s estate does not have enough resources to cover the expenses associated with a wrongful death case. Many times parents, children, and spouses are dependent on the deceased victim for financial support. You may be able to file a claim if you have now been placed in a financial hardship due to the loss and support of a loved one who was killed by a drunk driver.
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Contact us now to speak with an experienced attorney about your case if you have been injured by a drunk driver. We offer free consultations and will take our time to hear every aspect about your case. If we do not win the case for you, you pay nothing! Don’t wait.