Sacramento DUI Accident Victim Attorneys
The effects of a crash caused by a drunk or impaired driver can be devastating and can last a lifetime. Victims and survivors of such accidents not only have to struggle with the physical and emotional trauma that follows, but also deal with the associated medical and legal issues.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident caused by an impaired driver, the law is decidedly on your side. The driver faces not only stiff criminal penalties, but also substantial civil liabilities. Legally, the defendant is obligated to pay for your injuries or loss of your loved one, including your pain and suffering. The Sacramento car accident lawyers at Demas Law Group can help you hold the intoxicated or impaired driver accountable.
According to the California Highway Patrol, more than 1,000 people are killed by drunk drivers every year in the state, and more than 20,000 are injured. One out of five fatal automobile accidents is caused by a drunk driver. In El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties combined, drunk drivers killed 69 people and injured 1,413 others last year.
Alcohol isn’t the only problem when it comes to the impaired drivers on our roads. It’s estimated that 10 percent of the population has driven under the influence of a prescription or illicit drug at least once during the past year. Exactly how many of these drivers cause accidents is unclear, but there’s no question that they add to the death and injury toll.
Consequences for Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
In California, the average penalty for driving under the influence (of alcohol or other substances) is a night in jail, thousands of dollars in fines and an automatic four-month driver’s license suspension. A drunk driver who causes a serious or fatal injury accident faces a lengthy prison sentence. With these stiff penalties in place and our increased awareness of the hazards of drunk driving, it’s surprising that driving under the influence isn’t a thing of the past. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
Holding Drunk Drivers Accountable
When a drunk driver causes serious injury or death, they are charged with felony DUI, “Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Drug and Causing Injury,” which carries substantial criminal penalties, including a potential prison sentence upon conviction.
If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, or a driver intoxicated on prescription or illicit drugs, you’re entitled to sue the driver in civil court for your damages, no matter how extensive. Motor vehicle collisions can cause many, serious injuries, lifelong debilitation, or other pain and suffering. This can add up to millions of dollars especially if the accident resulted in a loved one’s death. You are also entitled to punitive damages; compensation designed to punish the driver’s flagrant negligence.
There can be many different parties involved in a drunk driving accident. Potential litigants include the defendant, the defendant’s insurance company and the defendant’s employer. Each will fight for every penny because the stakes are very high. Putting an experienced California DUI accident attorney from Demas Law Group on your side can help ensure justice prevails.