Lawyers for Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents in San Diego, California
The lawyers at the Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth, a personal injury firm in San Diego, California, understand the unique challenges victims and their families might be facing. After a car accident caused by a drunk driver, not only might you be incredibly angry that another person’s decisions resulted in your serious injuries, but you may also be facing challenges due to medical costs and the insurance claims process. Fortunately, you don’t have to navigate the claims process alone.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, every day, approximately 800 people suffer injuries in drunk driving crashes. MADD reports that every day there are approximately 300,000 instances of drunk driving, but only 3,200 people are arrested. It’s unfortunate, but sometimes drunk drivers don’t face their first arrest until someone gets hurt.
Individuals are considered drunk if their blood alcohol limit exceeds 0.08 during an accident. However, these limits can vary depending on the type of vehicle being operated and the type of driver. For example, if the other driver in your accident was under 21, the legal limit is far lower. Drivers under age 21 are considered drunk if their blood alcohol concentration is found to be 0.01 or higher. If you were involved in a drunk driving accident with a commercial vehicle or a truck driver, there are more stringent limits for these types of drivers. A truck driver or commercial vehicle operator will be considered drunk if his or her blood alcohol concentration is over 0.04.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a drunk driving car accident, you may only have a limited amount of time to seek damages from negligent parties and to make a claim with insurance companies. The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth is a personal injury firm in San Diego, California, that may be able to help you with your claim. Contact our firm today for a free initial consultation and evaluation.
Are Drunk Driving Accident Claims Different from Other Types of Claims in San Diego?
If you’ve been hurt in a drunk driving accident in San Diego, you may have the right to seek damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, and expenses for property damage. These damages are known as compensatory damages because these damages are meant to compensate you for your losses stemming from the accident.
However, there are other types of damages that victims can sometimes seek after a crash. One type is known as punitive damages. While victims of most car accidents aren’t entitled to seek punitive damages, victims of drunk driving accidents may have the right to seek punitive damages. What are punitive damages? Punitive damages are meant to punish an individual who has wronged another.
Can you seek punitive damages for your drunk driving injuries? The lawyers here at the Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth can help accident victims seek the appropriate type and amount of damages. Contact our firm today for a free initial consultation during which we can review your claim and help you understand what types of damages you might be entitled to receive.
Contact Our Drunk Driving Accident Victim Lawyers in San Diego, California Today
The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth, a personal injury firm in San Diego, California, can help you seek damages from negligent parties and who can help you with your insurance claim after a drunk driving accident. Our lawyers can speak to police at the scene of the crash, speak to witnesses, and get the results of field sobriety tests, blood alcohol tests, or breath tests administered at the crash scene. Our attorneys can also look at the driver’s record. Does he or she have a history of DUIs? Our firm can take steps to establish negligence and fight to help you get the recovery you deserve under the law. You and your family may be entitled to seek damages for lost wages, medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, and pain and suffering. In some instances, victims and their families may also be entitled to seek punitive damages from the drunk driver. Contact one of the attorneys at the Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth in San Diego, California, today to learn more.Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer