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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.

Client Reviews
I retained Ilya Frangos of Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos on a business litigation matter involving a frivolous lawsuit filed in federal court. Ilya guided me through the case and helped make sure that I understood the process… He always took the time to answer all my questions and helped put my mind at ease. I would highly recommend him and this firm! Agatha
I called Mr Frye after my wife had passed away… John listened to my case over the phone, after aggreeing to represent me, handled everything from there… I have already recommended Mr Frye to a friend for help with a similiar case and would without reserve recommend him to anybody. He came highly recommended as an expert in these type cases, and I believe he demonstrated this personally. Jerry
Chantel Fitting is as good as it gets. If you have been injured, need help and cant get what you know you deserve from one of the big insurance companies, then you have got to call Chantel. She will fight for you like it was her that was hurt… She cares. Call her. You wont be sorry you did. Cindy C.
A great experience. Excellent law firm which treats their client's with the utmost respect. Very knowledgeable and made me fell extremely secure when handling my personal injury claim. Would highly recommend Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos to handle your next case. Lisa D.
I was fortunate enough to have been represented and retained by this law firm for my injuries sustained by an under insured motorist. I must say Chantel Fitting and Illya Frangos went above and beyond trying to resolve my case… I would highly recommend this law firm and stop shopping around if you are looking for the best, as this is as good as it gets. Joanna K.