Drunk Driving Accidents
Representing Victims Injured in DUI Accidents
An average of 30 people die every day in the United States in drunk driving accidents. Alcohol plays a part in approximately one-third of all traffic fatalities in the nation. Many more people are severely injured in DUI crashes, often left with lifelong disabilities, pain and scars.
The Rudman Law Firm, APC is a Los Angeles boutique law firm that only handles personal injury claims. Our attorneys have dedicated more than 75 years of combined experience to pursuing justice for victims injured in auto accidents throughout Southern California. Our lawyers regularly encounter the devastating consequences of drunk driving in our practice and we passionately advocate for the rights of victims of DUI accidents.
California DUI Laws
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal. In California, a person with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher is considered too intoxicated to drive. Knowingly driving while impaired by prescription or over-the-counter medications is also unlawful.
Drunk drivers face DUI prosecution with potentially lengthy jail sentences and hefty fines and costs. Prosecutors also often seek victim restitution. However, the amount of restitution is unlikely to cover your medical bills, disabilities, lost income and other damages. To pursue compensation, you must bring a civil claim against the drunk driver and her or his insurance company. Our attorneys launch a thorough investigation into the DUI crash that caused your injuries. We review the evidence gathered by law enforcement to bolster your civil claim for compensation.
You should still pursue your legal rights if the drunk driver was acquitted in criminal court because the standard of proof is much higher in criminal proceedings. Prosecutors have a duty to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the driver was impaired in order to convict. For you to prevail in a civil proceeding, you must only show that the drunk driver caused your accident by a preponderance of the evidence, meaning it is more likely than not.
Hit-and-Run Drunk Driver
Commonly, drunk drivers flee the scene to avoid arrest for DUI. They reason that, even if caught the next day, prosecutors will not be able to collect BAC or drug tests to prove impairment. Although the BAC is powerful evidence of impairment, a breath or a blood test is not the only way to prove the driver was drunk, and so the driver may face both DUI and hit-and-run charges.
Unfortunately, hit-and-run drivers and repeat DUI offenders are also often uninsured. Our attorneys develop creative strategies for recovering compensation in these challenging uninsured, hit-and-run and drunk driving cases.
Recover Compensation in a Drugged or Drunk Driving Accident
The Rudman Law Firm, APC assists victims of drunk driving with compensation recovery. If you were hit by a drunk driver, call our Encino office (818) 769-6969 or our toll free number (844) 478-3626 / (844) 4RUDMAN to schedule a free case analysis. Because we handle your case on contingency, you are not charged attorneys’ fees until we recover on your claim through a settlement or verdict award.