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If You Were Injured by a Drunk Driver, Talk to Our Team

Few things are as reckless as getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Impaired driving can cause great economic and physical harm to unsuspecting victims. This is why it is so important for victims to hold drunk or drugged drivers accountable for their actions - not only in the criminal justice system, but in civil court as well.

The State of California has strict laws when it comes to drinking and driving. Anyone who’s found guilty of DUI will face severe penalties, including fines and jail time, but they may also be sued to cover the victim’s costs.

At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, our Glendale car accident attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and work ethic to protect your rights and help you fight for the compensation you deserve to recover from a serious accident.

To find out what your options are, call our firm at (818) 507-4311 today.

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What Is DUI in California?

California has strict codes and regulations regarding driving under the influence. California Vehicle Code 23152 states:

  1. It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.
  2. It is unlawful for any person who has 0.08% or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.
  3. It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any drug to drive a vehicle.
  4. It is unlawful for a person who is under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug to drive a vehicle.

This means anyone with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher is considered legally drunk and may not operate a vehicle. The law is on the victim’s side. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a drunk driver, you have the right to hold that driver responsible for your injuries and losses.

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How Alcohol Impacts a Driver’s Brain

While alcohol is often used in social settings, the truth is that it is a poison. Too much can kill a person, and even a small amount can influence the brain. While the side effects of alcohol are precisely why most people consume it, they are particularly dangerous to drivers. People behind the wheel need to be alert and able to pay attention to the road. Any kind of impairment can lead to a serious accident. Side effects of alcohol include:

Blurred vision: Sight is the most important sense a person uses behind the wheel. Otherwise, drivers would be unable to respond to traffic signs and lights, other vehicles, or pedestrians. When a driver’s sight is dimmed by alcohol, he can no longer properly respond to the road around him, or even stay in his lane.

Difficulties concentrating: A drunk driver is a distracted driver. Someone with a high BAC is unable to stay focused on one task for a long period of time, meaning that a drunk driver will become easily distracted while on the road.

Shortened reaction time: When you see a red light, a stopped car, or a pedestrian crossing the street, your fast reaction time is what allows you to hit the brakes and slow down before you cause an accident. A drunk driver has a shorter reaction time, meaning he would be unable to stop before hitting another car or a pedestrian.

Reduced judgment: A good driver uses judgment to assess road conditions, weather, and traffic in order to drive as safely as possible. A drunk driver has limited judgment, and so will often make poor decisions. These decisions could easily lead to a serious collision.

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What Injuries Do Accident Victims Suffer?

A drunk driver is incredibly dangerous. Due to how alcohol impacts the brain, drunk drivers are simply incapable of driving safely. For example, shortened reaction time means that a drunk driver would be unable to hit the brakes and slow his car down before hitting another vehicle. This means a drunk driver accident is likely to be a high-impact one, which can lead to more severe injuries than a fender bender.

Drunk driving accidents can cause many different types of injuries, such as:

These injuries often require long-term medical care and rehabilitation therapy. They can also keep victims from working, resulting in lost wages, which causes bills to pile up. Of course, the injuries can also prove to be fatal. Drunk drivers are responsible for countless deaths every year. That is just one of the many reasons why our law firm is committed to holding drunk drivers responsible for the losses suffered by our clients.

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What Damages Can You Recover in a Personal Injury Claim?

No two accidents are the same. However, there are some more common damages that victims recover from drunk drivers found liable in civil court. Most cases settle before trial, and include compensatory damages such as:

  • Medical expenses, for present and future care for injuries that occurred as a result of the accident;
  • Loss of income and loss of earning capacity;
  • Attorney fees and travel costs;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Physical impairment compensation to cover serious injuries; and
  • Emotional distress, to cover the psychological trauma following an accident.

Victims may also be eligible for “exemplary” or punitive damages, which are meant to punish the wrongdoer. But recovering damages for a personal injury can be difficult, especially considering that the process requires an investigation, the gathering of evidence, and mounds of paperwork. That is why you should work with an attorney who can shoulder the burden for you.

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Hit by a Drunk Driver? Contact Aghabegian & Associates, PC

After being hit by an impaired driver, you need a veteran car accident attorney to help you move on with your life. Our Glendale DUI accident lawyers can help you protect your rights and work to secure the maximum compensation you are owed. We have successfully recovered $125 million and counting for our clients and we are prepared to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us at (818) 507-4311 and let our legal team fight for you!

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