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Hanford Drunk Driving Attorney

If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you know how devastating it can be to know the pain, financial difficulties and all that comes with a serious personal injury was caused by a needless and senseless act by another person.

At Maison Law, we strongly feel those in Hanford should be able to drive without the risk of being struck by a drunk driver, and when it does happen, we will work hard to get the victim justice and full compensation.

What Happens After I get Injured by a Drunk Driver?

It’s overwhelming getting into a car accident and being injured, and the added stress, anger and anguish that comes from knowing the driver was impaired makes things more difficult to sort out.

The impaired driver will be arrested and then given a court date and eventually released on bail. The court may award some restitution to be paid by the defendant, but this usually doesn’t amount to much, and it might take years to get.

So, to make the person financially whole again, California law allows the victim to sue in a civil court to get financial compensation for their injuries.

Hanford DUI Claims

One would think that just because a driver is impaired, the court will automatically award you compensation. However, in our system of justice, the law requires that the injured victim show that the other driver was negligent on top of being impaired.

To prove negligence the injured person must prove that the other driver acted carelessly and without due regard for other’s safety. This means that while on top of being impaired, the person did something negligent and careless, like ran a red light or turned in front of a car that had the right-of-way.

At Maison Law, we understand how the system works, and we know what’s required to get our injured clients the compensation they deserve.

COMPENSATION

Once the other driver is proven negligent, then the court can award the victim damages for property and bodily injury. Property damages are things like a motor vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle and any personal items in the car that were destroyed or damaged in the accident.

Bodily injury includes all the financial costs that came from the accident. Some financial costs are obvious like medical bills and missed time from work, while others are more tangible like pain and suffering and mental anguish for the victim and in some cases members of the victim’s family.

Some of the common damages sought in a DUI cases are:

  • Medical Bills
  • Lost time from work
  • Travel to and from treatment
  • Rehabilitation
  • Loss of future income
  • Vocational retraining
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Mental Anguish
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Loss of Quality of Life
  • Permanent Disability
  • Permanent Disfigurement

PUNITIVE DAMAGES

California law also allows an injured person to show that the person who injured them did so with “oppression, fraud or malice”. In California, the Supreme Court included impaired driving as conduct that could allow for punitive damages.

This will allow the victim to recover more than just the usual damages allowed by the law. If the court does award punitive damages, then the insurance company for the at-fault driver will have to pay those as well up to the policy limits.

Contact a Hanford Drunk Driving Injury Lawyer

After an accident involving a drunk driver in Hanford, contact attorney Martin Gasparian for a free consultation and case evaluation. Mr. Gasparian takes a hands-on approach to every case. He believes that every client should work directly with their lawyer, get honest advice and the personalized attention to detail their case deserves.

Contact Maison Law today at 559-203-3333 or by using our contact form.

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