Carlsbad Drunk Driver Accident Lawyer
California sees thousands of drunk driving accidents each year. With luck, the police will arrest the drunk driver before he or she crashes into someone. Sadly, thousands of people are seriously hurt when a drunk driver runs a red light or fails to stop before hitting a pedestrian or motorist. If you are injured in a crash, call the police. And then call Pursley Law Firm to speak with our Carlsbad drunk driver accident lawyer. We excel at helping accident victims seek compensation for their injuries.
Drunk Driving is More than a Crime
Under California law, a person is guilty of drunk driving if they are driving a motor vehicle and are under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. They are also legally intoxicated if their blood alcohol level is 0.08% or higher. However, there is no mandatory number. Any impairment by drugs, alcohol, or some combination can render a driver intoxicated for purposes of the law.
When a drunk driver hits someone, they have also committed a civil wrong called a “tort.” As a result, they must pay compensation to victims because of their failure to drive carefully. Anyone who is drunk or high is clearly not careful, so they are on the hook for damages when they collide with someone.
As your lawyer, we can help gather evidence that shows the driver was impaired. For example, you should call the police after the crash, and an officer can order a chemical test to find out if the driver has drugs in their system. We might also rely on eyewitness testimony, such as someone seeing the driver exit their car while holding a beer can or seeing weed in the passenger’s seat.
You Deserve Compensation
We can help you seek money damages for:
- Economic losses, such as medical care, rehabilitation, lost income, damage to your vehicle, and other out-of-pocket losses. These are often considerable, because many drunk drivers are going much too fast, which tends to cause more serious damage.
- Non-economic losses, like pain, depression, loss of intimacy, emotional distress, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Punitive damages for reprehensible behavior like drunk or drugged driving.
Typically, we can sue the driver and possibly negotiate a settlement. A drunk driver is responsible for any injuries or damage they cause when they are impaired. You should go to the hospital following a crash and receive all necessary medical treatment to make a full recovery.
In some situations, California law also allows us to sue anyone who provided alcohol to a minor, if this minor then got into a collision and injured you. For example, an adult could have hosted a party for teens and supplied liquor.
Seek Justice by Calling Us
Anyone injured by a drunk driver should call Pursley Law Firm. Regardless of what goes on in the criminal trial, you have a right to bring a personal injury lawsuit for a collision, and we can help you. Our Carlsbad drunk driver accident lawyer will review the facts and your legal rights in a no-risk consultation.