Sherman Oaks Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
Helping for Drunk Driving Accident Victims in Sherman Oaks
Drinking and driving claims the lives of thousands of victims every year. Like the driver who is texting while driving, a drunk driver is not fully aware of the road and other vehicles around them. In addition their judgment is often impaired and reactions times tend to be severely impacted. In California, a driver is considered drunk (or intoxicated) if they have a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. Unbeknownst to many drivers, it usually only takes a few drinks to bring someone to the point where they are considered intoxicated.
Another unfortunate, but true, fact is that people do get behind the wheel after they've been drinking. As a result, an average of 1 out of every 3 to 4 Americans will be involved in some form of alcohol related car accident. Statistics also show that damages and injuries tend to be more severe leading to
catastrophic injuries or
If you or a loved one have found yourself the victim of a drunk driving accident, you need to contact a Sherman Oaks personal injury attorney at our firm right away. Our attorneys have over five decades experience dealing with
personal injury cases
, including drunk driving accidents, so we have the knowledge and skills to give you the representation you deserve.
What to Do After a Drunk Driving Accident
As is true after any accident, after a drunk driving accident, it is key to gather as much evidence as possible. Showing who was at fault and that alcohol played a key role in the accident are essential to building a strong case for compensation.
You, as the injured party, deserve to receive just compensation for your injuries and damages. Additionally, the responsible party deserves to be punished to the full extent of the law. Driving drunk is illegal and those drivers, who choose to disregard the law and thus show no regard for human life, should be held fully accountable for their actions. They will face the repercussions of criminal court, but you have the right to file a claim against them in civil court to recover the compensation you deserve. In drunk driving injury cases, defendants can be forced to pay compensatory damages (pain and suffering) and punitive damages, or additional money to punish the bad actor for their offensive conduct. This is often true when the negligent party breaks some law and causes injury to others.
Unfortunately, many people who drive while drunk do not get caught until after they are involved in a drunk driving accident. It is vital to seek representation from a skilled personal injury attorney if you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident. You deserve to see justice served and to be properly compensated for the injuries and damages you sustained. A skilled attorney can get you compensation even if the other side was not insured. A talented attorney can go into a criminal court and ask the judge to award restitution (money) to the victim of a drunk driver. This can either be paid directly to my client or be used as leverage to get a better result from an insurance company or sometimes both. As experts in the criminal justice system, we are experts in getting our clients settlements in DUI injuries.
Contact a Sherman Oaks personal injury attorney at Valley Attorney Group for your private consultation and review of your drunk driving accident case.