Any accident can bring serious injury to the victims, but when the driver who caused the crash was impaired, it causes additional pain and anguish. At Maison Law, we strongly feel those in Merced 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.
Like any town, Merced sees its fair share of drunk drivers, and when the people of Merced are victimized by those drivers, they know they can count on the legal team at Maison Law to stand with them through the difficult times and to help them get back on their feet financially.
DUI Accident Aftermath
When a person is arrested for a DUI, they will eventually be in court before a judge who, if finds the driver guilty, can assess certain costs to be paid to the victims. However, this might take years to get to the victim if the court ever ends up collecting the funds.
The best hope for the victim is to hire an attorney with a winning track record of collecting compensation against drivers who drive drunk and injure others on the road. At Maison Law, we know how to win and get justice for injured clients. Call them today for a free consultation.
Merced DUI Injuries
A DUI can bring devastating injuries because of the unpredictability of the impaired driver. Many times, the driver is going the wrong way on a freeway or swerving across the centerline on a two-lane highway. These and other actions by the driver don’t leave others on the road with much warning or time to react. Because of this, there are certain common injuries that are seen in DUI crashes:
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Head Injuries/Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Chest Compressions
- Organ Damage
- Internal Injuries/Bleeding
- Airbag injuries
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 DUI cases are:
- Medical Bills
- Lost time from work
- Travel to and from treatment
- Loss of future income
- Vocational retraining
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental Anguish
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of Quality of Life
- Permanent Disability
- Permanent Disfigurement
Under California, in a personal injury suit, the victim can seek “punitive” damages which means to punish. This is to give the victim additional compensation in cases where the at-fault driver 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 Merced Personal Injury Lawyer.
After any DUI accident involving a serious injury in Merced, 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.