A Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Can Obtain Financial Compensation in a Civil Lawsuit

Drunk drivers face steep fines and legal penalties. In addition to receiving a DUI, however, responsible parties can also be held liable in civil court. The imposed fines can help their victims cover medical costs and other expenses. These fees, which are often steep, also act as a deterrent to prevent intoxicated driving in the future. A drunk driving accident attorney at our San Diego, CA, firm can identify all liable parties and the full amount of damages that their victims deserve. At San Diego Injury Lawyer, our fees are contingency-based, and we offer a free consultation to help clients understand their rights. 

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In many cases, a drunk driver’s insurance will not completely cover the victim's costs. However, a civil lawsuit can help recover additional damages.

Civil vs. Criminal Lawsuits against Drunk Drivers

When an individual is found guilty of drunk driving, he or she will already face significant criminal penalties. Depending on the specific circumstances, punishments can include driver’s license suspension, driver training, and substance abuse counseling. 

A civil drunk driving case can give you and your family financial security. It can also be a service to society as a whole.

As the victim of a drunk driving accident, you will typically receive money from the drunk driver’s insurance company. Unfortunately, in many cases, a driver’s insurance will not fully cover the costs of your bills and property damage. A civil lawsuit can help you recover additional damages, and it can further discourage drunk driving. Note that you will not receive any money from a criminal case. Therefore, a civil lawsuit is the only way to recover damages directly from the driver. If you choose to wage a lawsuit, your lawyer will estimate the driver’s assets to determine whether he or she can afford punitive fees. If so, your attorney will attempt to settle your case through out-of-court negotiation. If the driver refuses to pay the fines, your case will go to trial.

Parties Who May Be Responsible for a Drunk Driving Case

Obviously, a drunk driver will be held liable for your accident. However, in select instances, there may be other liable parties. Under dram shop laws, bartenders, wait staff, and restaurant owners who furnish alcohol to intoxicated individuals may share liability. Similarly, social host laws state that party hosts who provide alcohol to minors are partially responsible for resulting accidents. These laws can be especially beneficial to victims if the drunk driver was uninsured or underinsured. Nevertheless, dram shop laws in California are limited. Therefore, you need to find a top attorney who understands the details of these laws and their implications.

Why Choose San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer?

A civil drunk driving case can give you and your family financial security. It can also be a service to society as a whole, combating the overarching problem of drunk driving. If you decide to pursue this type of lawsuit, it is important that you find qualified legal counsel. At San Diego Injury Lawyer, we have an expert legal team. Our leading attorney has over 30 years of experience, and he is routinely named as one of the nation’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers. We have a remarkable history of success, having obtained millions of dollars for our clients. Finally, we work on a contingency basis, meaning we will not charge you a cent until we actually win your case.


Drunk driving is a huge problem in our society, causing thousands of fatalities and even more injuries each year. If you are the victim of a drunk driver and are ready to begin a civil suit for your accident, contact our office today to schedule your free consultation.