Fontana DUI Accident Attorney | DUI Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured by drunk driver, you can file a claim for your damages. Contact Fontana DUI accident attorney helps the victim to maximize financial recoveries.
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Fontana DUI Accident Attorney

DUI accident fatalities have reportedly declined over the past decade, but unfortunately, DUI accidents still happen and innocent accident victims still suffer serious injuries as a result. Recent reports from the California Office of Traffic Safety show that in one year there were over 500 DUI arrests in Fontana and 97 people were injured or killed in accidents that involved alcohol.

Fontana DUI accident attorneys represent innocent victims who have sustained injuries in car accidents caused by another driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Experienced DUI accident attorneys know that these cases need to be treated differently than regular car accidents in order to maximize financial recoveries for injured victims and their families.

DUI accident claims

Personal injury claims caused by DUI accidents require a different type of investigation and approach. See below for some examples of how these claims are different from regular car accidents.

  • Unlike most regular car accident claims, DUI claims may be more likely to involve punitive damages, especially when the defendant’s conduct was egregious and injuries were severe or fatal. Punitive damages are meant to punish defendants for their conduct and to discourage similar conduct in the future.
  • Under limited circumstances in California, financial recovery from third parties is an option. Under California law in general, an alcohol provider is not responsible for injuries sustained in a DUI accident, but there are exceptions. When someone has provided alcohol to a minor who subsequently causes a DUI accident, that provider may then be liable for accident injuries and damages. Another liable party may be an employer who provided alcohol to an employee who then causes a DUI accident.
  • DUI accident investigations conducted by attorneys are different because part of proving the injury victim’s case often involves speaking with alcohol providers and any witnesses that were with or observed the driver’s conduct prior to the accident.
  • If there is a criminal case against the responsible driver for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it is important to stay updated on the case because it may affect the injured victim’s civil claim. A criminal conviction can be helpful in establishing that the defendant was under the influence at the time of the accident, but it is not necessary for a civil claim to be successful. Even if the defendant does not get a criminal conviction, it may be because he or she got off on a technicality or because it is harder to prove cases in criminal court than in civil court due to a higher burden of proof. Witness testimony, the accident report, and the responding police officer testimony is often enough to prove that the driver was under the influence at the time of the accident.

When DUI accident injuries are severe or fatal, it is critical to hire an experienced attorney to advocate for your best interests. If you or a loved one was injured in a DUI accident, contact a Fontana DUI accident attorney at The Hayes Law Firm, APC to schedule a free consultation. Call us today at 323-477-1415.

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At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.