Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has become an ever-increasing national problem. The CDC reports that about 30 people die daily from alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents – that’s more than 10,000 fatalities a year! Around 900 of these drunk driving deaths happened in California is 2011, with 32 percent of all California car crashes that year being alcohol-related.
For the victims of these drivers, whether they were injured themselves or lost someone they love, this indifference or carelessness is catastrophic. One moment can change an entire life.
While criminally prosecuting a drunk driver can bring a sense of justice to victims and their families, it doesn’t help with medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. However, by seeking a civil action, you may be able to obtain compensation for your financial losses.
After a drunk driving accident, injuries such as internal organ damage, paralysis, brain damage, facial disfigurement, broken bones, or even death, can lead to exorbitant medical or funeral costs. Many victims need round-the-clock care, months of physical therapy, and/or surgery to recover. The costs for these treatments adds up quickly!
As a victim, you shouldn’t have to pay for these expenses yourself. Instead, the drunk driver or other negligent party should be held responsible.
What Types of Damages Do Drunk Driving Victims Face?
If you’ve been injured in a DUI accident in California, you may be entitled to damages for:
- Wrongful death
- Permanent disability
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages or future earning capacity
- Past, ongoing, and future medical expenses
- Property damage
You may also be entitled to punitive damages for San Diego DUI accident claims. Punitive damages are a form of monetary compensation that punishes the drunk or drugged driver to discourage them from any future DUIs. In California, you are eligible for punitive damages if you can prove that a driver under the influence showed a blatant disregard for the safety of other drivers and pedestrians by drinking too much while knowing full well that they would be operating a motor vehicle when they were done.
How Can DUI Accident Lawyers Help Victims?
The experienced legal team at Jorgensen Law has years of experience fighting negligence and DUI accidents in San Diego. We’ll help you start a civil case and seek the maximum compensation that you deserve. Our attorneys will investigate the accident, gather evidence, and assist you in determining who should be held liable for your injuries.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a DUI accident, call Jorgensen Law in San Diego County today at 1-888-855-2948 or contact us online for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. Remember that you only have a limited time to file a claim, so it’s important to act quickly. We’ll work hard to win your case or get you a fair settlement and we never collect a dime until you do.