Determining Liability in DUI Accidents

Determining and proving fault for your automobile accident can be crucial to your case, especially if the other driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Determining liability in DUI accidents can be very important for victims in San Diego, CA, because we live in a comparative fault state. This means that both parties involved in the accident can be found partially liable, and the damages that are awarded can be affected proportionately. If you or your loved one have been in a serious motor vehicle accident involving a drunk driver, please contact our office as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation.

Liability and DUI Accidents

Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime in California. If a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher causes a serious injury accident, he or she will likely face felony charges. In California, drivers can also face manslaughter or murder charges if they are liable for an accident in which someone lost their life.

If you have been involved in an accident with a driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their attorney will attempt to prove that you were at least partially responsible for the collision. If this attempt is successful, it can reduce the total amount that you are awarded under comparative negligence.

Gathering Evidence

Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work quickly to gather important evidence in DUI accident cases, including police reports, BAC and drug test results, criminal records, and other crucial information. Using accident reconstruction techniques, photos, and witness statements, we work to establish clear liability on behalf of our clients.

It is always best to seek legal counsel before giving formal statements to insurance representatives. We understand the tactics of insurance companies and their legal teams, and can provide valuable guidance and representation.

Our attorneys also provide clear evidence to demonstrate the extent of your damages, including anticipated future losses.

Our attorneys also provide clear evidence to demonstrate the extent of your damages, including anticipated future losses. We seek generous compensation to cover your medical expenses and income losses, along with restitution for pain and suffering and other intangible damages.

Contact Our Firm

It is imperative that you seek assistance from an experienced attorney after any injury accident, whether it was caused by a DUI driver or another form of reckless behavior. We work on a contingency basis, so you will pay no fees unless we are successful in winning your case. Please contact our firm to schedule a free consultation today.

*Centers for Disease Control. "Vital Signs: Alcohol-Impaired Driving Among Adults - United States, 2010." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. October 4, 2011.