In cases involving drunk driving related car, truck and pedestrian accidents, many people tend to believe, “it will never happen to me.” The truth of the matter is that it can happen to anyone, at any given time, despite your age, gender, race or class. Where will you turn if the unthinkable happens to you? Who will you ask for support in a time of desperate need? At The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus, the team aggressively pursues compensation for drunk driving victims.
When an accident occurs involving an innocent bystander and a drunk driver, several cases are immediately opened. First, a criminal case will begin involving the sentencing of the drunk driver and the suspension of their driving privileges. Next, should you choose to open a law suit to hold the party responsible, a civil case will begin. During the civil case, it will be determined how much you can be compensated for the extent of the damages. Without a San Fernando Valley injury attorney present, you may not obtain a fair settlement.
Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous hazards that California drivers face while on the roads. While tired, distracted, aggressive and undertrained drivers all pose their own risks, there is nothing that causes quite as much damage and causes quite as many crashes as drivers who are impaired and under the influence. In fact, according to the California Department of Alcohol & Drug Programs (ADP), more than 1,700 people died in car accidents in 2010 because of crashes caused by alcohol and/or other drugs. In that same year, there were more than 24,000 traffic accidents occurred relating to alcohol and/or drugs; these resulted in more than 195,000 DUI arrests – 77% of which were male drivers.
If you were involved in a car accident caused by a drunk and/or impaired driver, it is important to recognize that they may be arrested, but this will very rarely result in anything on your behalf. Criminal law focuses on punishment, but does not focus often on restitution for the victim. Therefore, it is important that you work with an experienced legal professional so that you can take legal action by filing a civil claim. By pursuing a personal injury case, you can fight to recover just financial compensation to help cover all related expenses that occurred because of the accident. This may include medical expenses and bills, as well as lost wages and earning potential, and can even include emotional pain and suffering.
In too many unfortunate cases, an insurance company will do its best to keep their payments to a minimum. As such, having your lawyer with you during any negotiations or meetings is absolutely necessary. At our firm, we represent clients at any age who have been injured or killed in drunk driving accidents. We understand that this will be one of the most difficult points in your life, and we are here to help ease the situation and make the healing or grieving process much simpler. With an advocate of the law on your side, your case has an increased chance of finding a favorable outcome. Regardless, however, of the situation that you find yourself facing, it is important that no time is wasted in contacting a member of our firm. With more than two decades of experience, we have what it takes to help; we can fight for you! Call us today to request your initial case consultation with a member of our firm.
Contact a San Fernando Valley personal injury lawyer today for exceptional and experienced legal representation in a drunk driving accident case.