Any time a driver chooses to drive while intoxicated (DWI) or get behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI), they are committing a serious act of negligence that puts themselves and all other drivers and passengers on the road at risk of severe injury or even death.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2005 alcohol-related accidents resulted in 1,719 deaths in California. In 1,250 of those cases, the driver was legally intoxicated with a blood alcohol level at or above .08 percent.
Drunk driving cases can be tragic, with damage ranging from severe injury, to disfigurement, to the death of a loved one. While some losses are irreplaceable, you can recover substantial damages through the criminal court system to help ease your suffering.
The civil court system empowers victims to recover financial compensation for the damage caused by a drunk driver.
You can receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
You can also seek punitive or exemplary damages, which can increase the amount of compensation you receive as a victim of a DUI or DWI accident.
If you are the victim, do not speak directly with your insurance adjuster, and do not allow any conversation to be recorded until you speak with a lawyer. Insurance companies will often give you a rushed and low settlement offer. They do not have your best interests at heart, as their goal is to settle the case with as little payout as possible.
Contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you get the fair compensation you deserve. The Law Offices of Michael Rabban will do all the negotiating for you and fight for the maximum amount of financial compensation possible. We understand that it is of the utmost importance for you to focus on physical, mental and emotional recovery from the collision. Dealing with insurance companies is a stress you can’t afford to focus on during this important time of healing, so we will step in and take that burden off of your shoulders.
We will negotiate to make sure all your needs are taken care of. If needed, we will take the case to trial and litigate until justice is served in your favor.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been involved in a car accident and need help with your claim, do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Rabban at 818-272-8882 or visit www.rabbanlaw.com