Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is illegal and extremely dangerous. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles; there were a total of 208,531 arrests made involving negligent drivers who were operating a motorized motorcar, truck, or commercial vehicle while intoxicated in 2009 alone. Even something as simple as a single glass of wine or a 12 oz. beer can impair one’s ability to make educated and responsible decisions. This can lead to drivers choosing to operate an automobile while their ability to make proper decisions has been compromised by the liquor they have consumed prior to proceeding with their desired commute.
In 2009, over 26,000 people were injured and there were over 1,200 fatalities as a result of an alcohol or drug-related accident in California. Alcohol use is also a major cause of injuries and death in boating accidents. DUI and BUI cases are serious offenses. Police departments throughout California, as well as the California Courts and the District Attorney’s offices, are all under a mandate to prosecute drunk driving cases to the fullest. The DMV reports that in 2009 there were a total of 154,648 DUI and DWI convictions in California, with a 74% conviction rate. These offenses are being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and can include jail time.
Fight for the Compensation You Need
Insurance companies employee armies of investigators, experts, and other professionals to protect their bottom line. You need an advocate on your side that is a skilled negotiator to ensure you get the maximum recovery for your injuries.
Victims of accidents involving a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs while where operating a bus, taxi, limousine, truck, commercial vehicle, SUV, motorcycle, or bicycle should contact the B&D Law Group, APLC for a free consultation and analysis of their drunk driving accident claim. Our experienced California alcohol-related car accident lawyers will fight for you.
While the district attorney’s office may vigorously prosecute the criminal case, you still need a skilled attorney to pursue your claim for compensation. We can assist you in getting the maximum recovery for your lost wages, medical bills, property damage, and other related costs resulting from your accident. You do not have to go at it alone.
Navigating the Complexities of a Drunk Driver Accident
Drunk driver accidents can have a devastating effect on their victims. Unlike other automobile accidents, collisions involving drunk drivers present unique challenges for the prosecution of your claim. Often, the driver is uninsured or their insurance company will deny the claim because the driver was intoxicated, leaving the victims unable to recover from the responsible parties.
Those that have uninsured motorist coverage are able to submit their claims to their own insurance company for recovery. It is important to remember that even though it is your own insurance company that provides this coverage, they are not on your side. The biggest mistakes we see at the B&D Law Group are from individuals that let their guard down because they falsely believe that their own insurance company will take good care of them. It is important to contact an experienced California drunk driver car accident lawyer as early as possible to help you submit your claim for your alcohol-related car accident.
Thorough Preparation for Your Accident Claim
We know that not all drivers carry uninsured motorist coverage. From the start, we investigate and prepare each alcohol-related car accident case as a potential litigation matter. In the event their insurance company refuses to cover the alcohol-related claim, the law provides many tools that let you recover from a drunk driver, including going after the vehicle’s driver and owners, their assets and wages, and obtaining criminal restitution orders. You may also be able to pursue punitive damages from the drunk driver. Our experienced attorneys have successfully seized bank accounts and assets, auctioned off merchandise through the sheriff, placed liens on real estate, located hard to reach assets, and worked with District Attorneys to obtain restitution orders. We are ready to fight to make sure you receive the maximum recovery you are entitled to.
If you have been involved in an alcohol or drug car accident or lost a loved one as a result of an alcohol or drug-related automobile collision please contact B&D Law Group. Our experienced California car accident attorneys have a wealth of experience helping victims of drunk driver automobile accidents.