Oakland Drunk Driver Accident Lawyers
Forty percent of California's 2005 traffic fatalities involved a drunk driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drunk drivers kill thousands of people on California roads and highways every year and injure thousands more.
The physical, emotional and financial devastation to victims of drunk driver accidents and their families can be extensive and ongoing. Oakland car accident lawyer David Smith understands the price families pay in an accident caused by a drunk driver, particularly fatal accidents involving alcohol. If you were injured by a drunk driver or if a loved one was killed in a drunk driving accident, please contact the Law Offices of David G. Smith in Oakland for a case evaluation and free initial consultation; call 510-431-2598 | 925-308-6484 or e-mail us today.
Drunk Driver Accident Attorneys in Oakland
When drunk drivers injure or kill people, they can be sued in civil court for what is referred to as aggravated negligence. Drunk driving accident victims can not only recover financial compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and medical bills, they can also recover punitive damages.
Punitive damages are awarded when the conduct of the person causing the injury is so bad (such as driving drunk) that in addition to having to pay the normal and usual damages associated with injuries and/or death, the law provides that they should pay even more as punishment for their conduct which establishes a complete disregard for the safety of others, in hopes that such damages will operate as a deterrent to stop such conduct in the future.
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Brain injuries, neck, back, and other serious injuries can take months to fully reveal themselves. Therefore it is vital that you do not accept any settlements without knowing the full extent of damage. Victims only get one opportunity to make an accident claim. Early settlement can risk forfeiting your right to collect additional compensation in a late-appearing injury.
In a drunk driving accident claim, we will show that the driver drank to the point of intoxication while knowing that they were going to drive. We will also investigate your case to determine if people other than the drunk driver also contributed to the drunk driver accident. If you are the victim of a drunk driver or the survivor of someone who suffered a wrongful death in a drunk driving accident, we would like to help; contact us online or call 510-431-2598 | 925-308-6484 today.