A DUI Lawyer Can Help You Recover Compensatory and Punitive Damages
Being injured by a drunk driver can result in significant losses. A DUI injury lawyer at our Central Valley practice can help. The attorneys at McKinley, Conger, Jolley & Galarneau, LLP, are prepared to help you pursue compensatory damages to cover medical costs and other bills. Meanwhile, we are committed to helping to curb drunk driving. Therefore, we will also pursue punitive damages to discourage negligent behavior in the future.
Your Rights as a DUI Victim
As a drunk driving victim, you deserve legal and financial justice. When you visit our practice, we will launch a comprehensive investigation to determine whether you have a viable legal claim. We will gather compelling evidence, such as police reports and eyewitness accounts. With our help, you may be able to obtain damages to cover several types of expenses:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Income loss
- The cost of ongoing medical care or live-in assistance
- Support for dependents (if you are permanently unable to work)
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral costs in the case of wrongful death
Along with compensatory damages, you have the right to pursue punitive damages. These fines are intended to punish the drunk driver and to discourage such behavior from the general population. Under California law, they will also help to offset your expenses.
Waging a DUI Lawsuit
Drunk driving is a criminal offense punishable in all 50 states. To be convicted of a DUI, a driver must have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher. However, several parties may be held responsible for a drunk driving accident. Under social host laws, party hosts who furnish alcohol may also be subject to charges. Similarly, dram shop laws state that bartenders, restaurateurs, and others who serve alcohol may be held partially responsible. Nevertheless, dram shop laws in California are quite limited. Therefore, it is important to work with an attorney who truly understands these regulations.