San Francisco Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
Helping Victims of DUI Accidents Seek Justice
Most people understand that drinking and then driving is always a bad decision that can lead to serious car accidents. When people engage in this conduct, they immediately place themselves and everyone around them in a situation of extreme danger. Unfortunately, all of this knowledge and all of these efforts to bring public awareness to this issue is not completely curbing this practice.
If you or someone you love has been injured or worse by a drunk driver, you need to seek the help of San Francisco DUI accident lawyers as soon as possible.
Criminal Charges Do Not Prevent Civil Liability
Unfortunately, many victims of drunk drivers mistakenly assume that because someone has been arrested and charged with a crime after causing a DUI accident, they cannot pursue their own personal injury claim. This is the opposite of the truth.
People are entitled to bring civil actions even if the person responsible for the accident is being prosecuted.
In fact, proof of guilt for DUI in criminal court could prove to be valuable evidence at a civil trial, as the burden of proof is higher with criminal cases than with California personal injury cases.
Liability for Those Serving Alcohol to a Minor
In addition to holding the drunk driver responsible, California's dram shop law also allows victims to hold establishments such as bars or restaurants liable for serving alcohol to minor who is obviously intoxicated.
Liability can also include social hosts who knowingly supplied alcohol to a minor who then caused an accident.
Compensation & Punitive Damages for Victims
Under California law, victims of drunk driving accidents can seek compensatory damages for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses related to the accident.
Additionally, victims may also be awarded punitive damages that can be several times more than the actual damages as a means to punish the driver for his/her actions.
Evidence of Being Intoxicated Equals Negligence
California personal injury lawsuits generally deal with negligence, and a defendant in a lawsuit is generally found to be negligent if he or she was not acting as a reasonable person would have in a similar situation.
Over time, it has come to be a norm that if someone is proven to have been intoxicated at the time of an accident, that person is negligent. That’s because it’s obvious that a reasonable person would not consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
How a San Francisco DUI Accident Lawyer Can Help
People who have been harmed in a California DUI accident often suffer through terrible pain and other forms of agony. Therefore, this is not the time to attempt to navigate through the complicated waters of the legal world. Instead, those who have been harmed need to seek the help of experiencedSan Francisco DUI accident lawyers so that they can focus on their recovery and their case can be properly advanced.
If you have suffered in this manner, contact the Scarlett Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.