Families and Drunk Drivers

A driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or above is considered alcohol-impaired by law in America. Each year, an ever-increasing number of drivers are arrested for driving under the influence or causing an accident while under the influence of alcohol.

Here are some statistics you may not know about drunk drivers in California in 2013:

  • 162,199 drivers were arrested for driving over the legal limit
  • 568 fatal auto accidents were caused by drunk drivers
  • 11,861 collisions caused by drunk drivers resulted in injury
  • DUI/DWI remains the single largest cause of automotive related fatalities

Families Are Affected by Drunk Drivers

You are not the only victim if you are involved in a drunk driving accident. Your family, friends, and loved ones are also greatly affected. Drunk driving accidents can be life changing and are completely avoidable. Make sure your rights are protected if you or a loved one is injured in an accident with a drunk driver:

  • Contact law enforcement and obtain a police report
  • Acquire contact information and insurance information from the party if possible
  • Document the incident, property damage, and injuries
  • Seek immediate medical attention
  • Contact an experienced personal injury attorney

Victims of drunk driving accidents and their families are entitled to compensation from the criminal party. If you are injured in a drunk driving accident, you may recover money. If your accident resulted in a wrongful death, your family may be able to recover money.

Aside from property damage, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, victims and their families can also receive punitive damages. Punitive damages are monetary compensation paid to the injured party or their family. They are designed to punish the wrongdoer. The amount of these punitive damages depends on the driver’s insurance policy limits and the severity of the accident. 

Who Can Help?

Accidents involving a drunk driver can be overwhelming. You and your family may be injured, the medical bills may be stacking up, and the insurance company could be trying to devalue your claim. The best possible way to ensure maximum recovery if you or a loved one has been hit by a drunk driver is to contact a reputable personal injury attorney.

The accident attorneys at Bergener Mirejovsky have a proven track record and reputation that makes insurance companies take your drunk driving claim seriously. Remember, when it comes to drunk driving incidents, the full value is fair value for your case.

Call 1-800-881-2021 to speak with a seasoned personal injury lawyer at Bergener Mirejovsky. All consultations are completely free and we are happy to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

That means we charge you nothing unless we reach a successful settlement of your claim. If we don’t get you compensated for your damages, you don’t pay us a dime.