Any car accident can be damaging, but when a drunk driver is involved the resulting destruction can be catastrophic. When a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they experience impaired judgment, skewed depth perception, and sometimes blurred vision. Intoxicated drivers tend to drive recklessly, ignoring traffic laws, speeding, and drifting into opposing traffic unknowingly. Drivers in this condition are extremely dangerous, and if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, you could be severely injured because of a drunk driver’s carelessness.
Since 1980, our firm has represented injury victims in the Bay area, and we know precisely how to handle complex car accident cases. We have recovered more than $500 million dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients, and we have resolved thousands of cases throughout the San Francisco area. Each of our attorneys is passionate about fighting for the rights of the injured, and we want to make sure your voice is heard.
Call our firm at (415) 940-7176 to discuss your car accident case with our personal injury attorneys.
As with any accident, it is important for you to preserve the evidence from the crash and to obtain contact information from the other driver. If the driver is intoxicated, taking down their information might be impossible, so take a photo of their license plate and jot down their physical description or take a picture.
As soon as you are able, you should seek medical attention. Even if you do not need an ambulance, it is important that you call the police immediately. With any car crash, the police can write up an official report, which can help with your insurance claim later on. However, when an intoxicated driver is involved, it is of the utmost importance that the police come to make an arrest and protect you and others from further harm.
Once the initial threat has been taken care of, take photos of the scene, the damage to your car, the other vehicles involved, and any other hazards that could have contributed to the crash. Our experienced car accident lawyers can work with you to gather evidence after the crash in order to determine liability. However, when you are dealing with a drunk driver, remember that your primary concern should be with your safety. We can help you address the situation when you call our firm after the accident.
Proving driver intoxication is key to your case. The responding officer who appears at the scene of the crash will be able to perform the appropriate sobriety tests and will likely make their arrest. This arrest can be precisely what you need to support your claim of their intoxication in court. If the driver had a blood alcohol concentration of more than 0.08%, the legal limit, they could face serious criminal implications, especially if you or anyone else was harmed in the crash.
Our goal is to help you fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. If you were injured by an intoxicated driver, we can help you fight for compensation for:
We know how difficult it can be to deal with a personal injury case while you try to recover from the physical and emotional strain of an accident. That’s why our firm is dedicated to making the legal process as simple and expedient as possible. We offer our clients the compassion and communication they need, when they need it.
Contact Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn for a free consultation regarding your drunk driving accident.