Los Angeles Drunk Driving Injury Lawyer
Drunk driving accidents are all too common in Los Angeles. Every year, more than 10,000 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes. When a drunk driver causes an accident, they’re likely to face criminal charges for their negligent decision to get behind the wheel.
However, criminal charges aren’t the only consequences of driving drunk. If you’ve been injured because of a drunk driver, you also have the right to demand monetary compensation from them. Drunk driving injury cases can be complicated, especially if the at-fault driver is prosecuted. It can be critical to work with an injury lawyer you trust.
Do not hesitate to contact Glotzer & Leib, LLP for help if you’ve been injured in a Los Angeles drunk driving car accident. Our experienced attorneys have more than 14 years of experience handling drunk driving injury cases. We’ve successfully recovered millions in settlements and awards for our injured clients. We understand how traumatic a drunk driving accident can be and are here to help you fight for what you deserve. Your first consultation is free, so call our law firm for help today.
Los Angeles Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
Los Angeles roads are dangerous enough when everyone is sober. Unfortunately, many people make the negligent decision to get behind the wheel after having a few drinks. This seemingly simple decision often has devastating consequences. Studies show that one person is killed in a drunk driving accident in the United States every 50 minutes.
In recent years, drunk driving accidents resulting in injury or death have increased in Los Angeles. Between 2012 and 2016, drunk driving collisions rose by more than 50 percent.
- 2012: 2,539 drunk driving accidents
- 2013: 2,381 drunk driving accidents
- 2014: 3,409 drunk driving accidents
- 2015: 3,300 drunk driving accidents
- 2016: 3,546 drunk driving accidents
In a city like Los Angeles, public transportation and alternatives like Uber and Lyft are readily available. Unfortunately, many young people are still are overestimating their ability to drive safely. Studies show that young people, particularly between the ages of 21 and 34, are involved in more DUI accidents than anyone else.
Hit and Run Accident Statistics
When Can I File a Car Accident Lawsuit After a Drunk Driving Crash?
California limits the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit after an accident. This time limit – known as a statute of limitations – is generally two years. So, you have to file your claim no later than two years after the date the drunk driving accident that caused your injuries.
Tolling the Statute of Limitations
There are exceptions to this general rule of thumb. You might be able to toll – or pause – the statute of limitations if certain extenuating circumstances apply. These might include:
- You were under the age of 18 at the time of the accident
- The drunk driver is incarcerated, can’t be found, or has left the state of California, or
- There was a reasonable delay in discovering your injuries.
You will lose the right to obtain compensation from the drunk driver if you wait too long to file your injury claim.
Your Civil Injury Cause Might Be Stayed
It’s also important to understand that your civil personal injury case might be stayed if the drunk driver is charged with a crime. The driver’s criminal defense attorney might ask a judge to pause any civil proceedings that are related to the drunk driving accident until the criminal case is resolved. This gives the drunk driver the opportunity to focus on the criminal consequences of the accident first.
If a petition to stay your case is granted, you’ll have to wait until the driver’s criminal case is over for your case to begin. This could increase the amount of time you have to wait to get the money you deserve.
However, this will give you time to identify the full extent of your injuries and calculate your damages. Our attorneys will make sure that you are compensated for all of your injuries and costs, including those incurred while your case is temporarily put on hold.
What Do I Have to Prove After I’m Injured in a Drunk Driving Car Accident?
When you’re injured because of a drunk driver – whether you’re in another car, riding a bike or motorcycle, or walking – you have the right to ask for compensation. You can do this by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver and anyone who may have contributed to the collision. When you file a personal injury lawsuit, you’ll have to prove that the drunk driver’s negligence was a substantial factor in causing your injury.
Negligence Per Se
Negligence means that the driver owed you a duty of care, breached it, and caused you to suffer an injury. When someone breaks the law and causes an accident, you can rely on the legal doctrine of negligence per se. Negligence per se means that a person is automatically considered to be negligent because they broke a law that’s in place to protect the public.
Drunk driving is illegal in California. When a driver is arrested for and convicted of drunk driving, you can use this to automatically create a presumption of negligence in your case. All you have to do is prove that this negligence caused your injury.
Damages Available to Drunk Driving Accident Victims
Drunk drivers lack the ability to drive safely. As a result, accidents involving drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol tend to be quite violent. It’s not uncommon for drunk driving accident victims to sustain severe and debilitating injuries. Fortunately, you have the right to demand compensation for all of your physical, emotional, and financial suffering.
You might be able to recover damages for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Punitive damages may also be available in certain cases.
If you’ve lost someone you love because of a drunk driver, you may be entitled to money to compensate for funeral expenses, the loss of that person’s love and guidance, as well as financial assistance they would have provided.
Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers can help you as you navigate this extremely difficult time in your life. We’ll fight to make sure that you recover every dollar you and your family deserve. Call us today for help with your personal injury or wrongful death drunk driving lawsuit today.
Get Help With Your Los Angeles Drunk Driving Injury Case
Someone else decided to drive drunk. Now your life has been changed forever. You don’t have to struggle with the consequences on your own. You have the right to demand compensation from the drunk driver. Glotzer & Leib, LLP can help you get the maximum compensation available. We’ll help you get every last penny you deserve.
Call our experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorneys to schedule a free consultation. We’ll review your case, explain your rights, and address any questions you have. There’s a limited amount of time to act, so do not hesitate to reach out to us for help today.