Drunk Driver Accidents
If you were injured in a drunk driving accident — in the other vehicle or as a pedestrian — the experienced drunk driving accident lawyers of Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos can represent you in a lawsuit for damages. In certain cases, punitive damages may apply. Call 650-345-8484 or email us today.
Hit by a Drunk Driver?
Many drunk driving accidents result from unsafe lane changes, crossing the center line, rear-ending or running through red lights or stop signs. This sudden impact at high speed often intensifies injuries because the victims had no chance to react. Our San Mateo law firm has successfully represented DUI accident victims across the San Francisco Bay Area.
NOTE: It is not necessary to prove that the person was legally drunk. We have collected full compensation even if the person was not convicted of driving under the influence. If the police report or witnesses indicate the driver had been drinking at all (or using drugs), we have access to experts in accident reconstruction, toxicology and human factors who can demonstrate how the driver’s vision, judgment, motor skills and reaction times were impaired. Call 650-345-8484 or contact us online.
Compensation and Punitive Damages
If there is a conviction, it obviously helps your case. Under California law, victims can bring a civil lawsuit for punitive damages for certain factors such as prior DUIs or a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) well above the legal limit. Punitive damages are up to 10 times your actual damages (medicals, wages, pain and suffering).
If the drunk driver did not have insurance or your losses exceed their coverage limits, Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos pursues compensation under your own uninsured/underinsured motorist policy. It may also be possible to pursue the personal assets of the intoxicated driver.
Can I Sue the Bar or Host That Served the Drunk Driver?
Unfortunately, California’s statutes make it virtually impossible to collect dram shop damages for a drunk driving accident or alcohol related injury.
Can I Sue If I Was a Passenger of the Drunk Driver?
Yes. However, the amount of your recovery may vary under certain circumstances and be reduced if you knew the driver was drunk and rode along anyway or you provided the alcohol. Let our knowledgeable drunk driving accident attorneys in San Mateo evaluate your case.
Contacting a San Mateo Drunk Driver Accident Lawyer
Prompt investigation is important in any car accident, and maybe more so in a drunk driving accident. If you were the victim of a drinking and driving accident, email us or call us 24/7 at 650-345-8484.