The prevalence of drunk driving in California may have decreased over the past few years, but the percentage of accidents still remains a big issue in road safety. Despite the efforts of advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), DUI accidents remain alarmingly high in the state. In 2011, 180,212 people were arrested for drunk driving in California.
Drunk driving also remains one of the main causes of motor vehicle related fatalities in the state. More than 63 percent of automobile collision fatalities are caused by drunk drivers. This means that more 1,800 Californians are killed each year by intoxicated drivers.
The Los Angeles DUI accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas have the experience, passion and resources to help DUI accident victims recover the full compensation they are entitled to under the law. We fight to make sure innocent victims are compensated for the selfish actions of DUI offenders.
Under California law, any individual who causes an accident while driving under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances generally faces two types of litigation – criminal and civil. A drunk driver may face criminal charges and be sent to prison if found guilty of the crime. These criminal sanctions and punishments play an integral role in deterring alcohol-related accidents. Victims may also pursue a civil action against the offending driver. This means that the victim can seek compensation from the negligent DUI motorist who caused the accident.
Sadly, civil liability may be of little comfort to those who have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in an alcohol-related accident. Although financial compensation may be of little comfort to DUI accident related victims and their loved ones, it will help bring a sense of justice and closure. A motorist who is convicted of a DUI is liable to pay for all resulting damages.
Damages Available for DUI Accident Victims
The legal team at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas understands the life-altering injuries and devastation caused by DUI related accidents. We will work tirelessly to make sure that the drunk driving offenders are held liable for the injuries suffered by the victims.
Depending on the specific facts of your case, we will help you and your loved ones recover compensation for:
- Related medical and hospital bills
- Future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental trauma
- Physical impairment
- Property damage
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Punitive damages to punish and deter similar behavior in the future
Protect Your Rights With an Experienced Los Angeles DUI Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas. Our Los Angeles DUI accident attorneys are sympathetic, yet aggressive, in holding the responsible parties liable and getting you the compensation that you deserve.
Please call us at 1-949-556-4369 to discuss your case with an expert Los Angeles whiplash injury attorney or you can fill out our free consultation form.