Serious Drunk Driving Accidents
We all know that drunk drivers are significantly impaired in their driving ability. This includes dulled senses and slow reaction times. Many drunk drivers end up running red lights, weaving in and out of lanes, veering into oncoming traffic and causing serious accidents.
Understanding Drunk Driving Injury Claims In California
Being injured by a drunk driver ignites a range of emotions in the victims, including anger and disbelief. This is completely understandable. If you were injured by an intoxicated motorist, you have to live with knowing that your injuries could have been prevented.
Unfortunately, from a legal perspective, financial recovery in these cases is usually based only on fault, severity of injuries and any resulting wage loss from inability to work. In most claims, you cannot secure punitive damages from the drunk driver who injured you. Additionally, in the event your case goes to trial, the fact that the driver was drunk may not even be admissible.
While this can be disheartening for accident victims who are seeking justice, it is important to focus on the positive. The law does allow us to pursue these accident cases just like any other car crash case. This means by establishing liability (not the cause of liability), documenting your injuries and wage loss, and calculating any long-term medical expenses, you can still secure the compensation that you need and deserve.
A Note About Dram Shop Liability
In the state of California, dram shop liability is typically not a cause of action in drunk driving injury cases. The only exception would be serving an obviously intoxicated minor. In these cases, the bar, liquor store, restaurant or social host can be sued.
The Legal Help You Need
At Law Offices of Michael R. Kaiser, we understand the pain of those who have been injured by a drunk driver. While no amount of money can undo what has been done, rightful compensation can help you put the pieces of your life back together. As an attorney with more than 40 years of experience, Mr. Kaiser understands what the insurance companies are looking for when considering a personal injury claim. He formerly worked as defense counsel for insurers and this unique insight allows him to effectively negotiate and mediate for fair settlements on behalf of his clients.
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