Are you the victim of a drunk driver’s recklessness? Have you experienced an injury after an accident caused by a drunk driver? You have rights under the law, and with the help of an experienced and dedicated Dordulian Law Group attorney, you can file a lawsuit and recover financial damages after the accident. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents happen each and every day, and the effects can be devastating. If you’re involved in a drunk driving accident, it’s critical that your rights are protected. The laws regarding drunk driving liability can be difficult to interpret, however, and you need an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney to help you navigate through the recovery process by providing legal advice, support, and representation. You need an expert drunk driving attorney at Dordulian Law Group, the Los Angeles-area firm with the best reputation, success rate, and experience to ensure you receive the financial damages award you deserve after an unfortunate drunk driving accident.
Drunk driving (also commonly known as driving under the influence (DUI), impaired driving, drug-impaired driving, operating while intoxicated (OWI), or driving while intoxicated) is the criminal act of operating or controlling a motor vehicle while being impaired by alcohol or drugs (any substance that leads to cognitive or physical impairment, including legal prescription drugs, illicit street drugs, and alcohol). By definition, a drunk driver is incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle. Under the law, driving while impaired is a punishable offense that can lead to multiple charges ranging in severity.
Each day nearly 30 people die in the United States due to drunk driving accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Approximately one-third of all car accident fatalities in the U.S. involve drunk driving where blood alcohol levels of drivers are .08 g/dL or higher. A person’s blood alcohol level (technically referred to as blood alcohol concentration or BAC) refers to a measurement of the percentage of alcohol in one’s blood stream. If someone has a BAC of .10%, that means the individual’s blood supply contains one part alcohol for every 1000 parts blood.
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Legal BAC or blood alcohol levels vary by state, meaning that although you could be pulled over and cited for drunk driving with a .15% BAC in one state, operating a vehicle with that same level in a different state might not be considered an illegal infraction (i.e. because their specific state illegal BAC level might be .17%).
Illegal Blood Alcohol Content Levels According to State:
It’s important to remember that states frequently revise their laws related to drunk driving, and the policies and enforcement of regulations can change from year-to-year. Therefore, while this list is current in 2020, it could change incrementally over the years along with individual state policies and regulations.
In California, blood alcohol concentration limits vary by age and type of driver:
|California Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits|
|21 years old or older||0.08% or higher|
|Less than 21 years old||0.01% or higher|
|On DUI probation (any age)||0.01% or higher|
|Driving a commercial driver’s licensed (CDL) vehicle (whether or not the driver has a CDL)||0.04% or higher|
|When a passenger for hire is in the vehicle||0.04% or higher|
Regarding how different blood alcohol content levels affect the human body, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiled the following chart to demonstrate the typical effects of increased alcohol consumption, and how that behavior can impact one’s ability to operate a vehicle:
|The Effects of Blood Alcohol Concentration|
|BLOOD ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION (BAC) IN G/DL||TYPICAL EFFECTS||PREDICTABLE EFFECTS ON DRIVING|
|.02||Some loss of judgment; relaxation, slight body warmth, altered mood||Decline in visual functions (rapid tracking of a moving target), decline in ability to perform two tasks at the same time (divided attention)|
|.05||Exaggerated behavior, may have loss of small-muscle control (e.g., focusing your eyes), impaired judgment, usually good feeling, lowered alertness, release of inhibition||Reduced coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering, reduced response to emergency driving situations|
|.08||Muscle coordination becomes poor (e.g., balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing), harder to detect danger; judgment, self-control, reasoning, and memory are impaired||Concentration, short-term memory loss, speed control, reduced information processing capability (e.g., signal detection, visual search), impaired perception|
|.10||Clear deterioration of reaction time and control, slurred speech, poor coordination, and slowed thinking||Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately|
|.15||Far less muscle control than normal, vomiting may occur (unless this level is reached slowly or a person has developed a tolerance for alcohol), major loss of balance||Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving task, and in necessary visual and auditory information processing|
Nationwide, drunk driving is a serious problem that, despite being entirely preventable, generates sobering statistics each year. In 2018, 10,511 deaths from drunk driving crashes occurred in the U.S. Of the 1,233 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2016, 214 (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver. In 2016, more than 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Sadly, that figure represents one percent of the 111 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.
The Centers for Disease Control found that in California, between 2003-2012, 10,327 people were killed in car crashes that involved a drunk driver. In 2012, the rate of deaths by age (per 100,000 population) was lower in California when compared to the national average (with the national average being 3.3, and the California average being 2).
However, drunk driving on California roads remains a serious problem that tragically affects thousands across our communities every year. In California, a CDC report indicated that 1.8% of drivers report getting behind the wheel after drinking too much (nationwide, 1.9% of citizens report engaging in drunk driving).
Drunk driving accidents are senseless, often resulting in preventable tragedies. However, there is some good news regarding drunk driving trends over the past three decades. Fatalities related to drunk driving accidents have actually fallen by one-third in the last 30 years, likely due to increased education and an overall public stigma related to the behavior. Despite that positive news, deaths and damages related to drunk driving accidents still contribute to costs of approximately $44 billion annually.
If you are injured after an accident caused by a drunk driver, you have rights under the law that must be protected. The steps you take immediately following a drunk driving accident can have a significant effect on those rights. Accordingly, after being injured in a drunk driving accident, the first call you need to make is to an expert Dordulian Law Group personal injury attorney who will ensure you aren’t taken advantage of by anyone including the at-fault driver, the driver’s insurance company, or even your insurance company.
All victims of drunk driving accidents are eligible for a financial damages award related to any injuries sustained. Whether you sustained a minor injury in a drunk driving fender bender, or catastrophic injuries in a severe drunk driving crash, you need to be properly compensated for damages. But choosing the best personal injury lawyer, like an experienced expert from DLG, can have a dramatic effect on the type of award/financial compensation you receive. You need an attorney who has decades of experience fighting for drunk driving accident victims and winning them the financial damages awards they deserve. You need a DLG attorney to guarantee your drunk driving accident case is handled properly, and you get the largest possible award for financial damages allowable under your specific circumstances.
In California, a driver arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) has their driver’s license confiscated on the spot by the law enforcement officer involved. After the license is confiscated the driver is then served with the California Department of Motor Vehicle’s “Notice of Suspension” document. Drivers have the right to an administrative hearing where they may contest the suspension, but said hearing must be scheduled through the court system within 10 calendar days of the arrest.
Immediate suspension for drunk driving is imposed in California whenever an impaired driver is found to have a BAC level of .08% or higher (.01% for drivers under 21). It is also imposed when a driver provides a blood or urine sample, which the arresting police officer believes will be found (after proper testing) to be .08% or higher, or when a driver refuses to undergo a BAC chemical test.
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In terms of the penalties for drunk drivers in California, multiple circumstances need to be considered that affect the ultimate punishment received. As DUI (driving under the influence) cases in California can vary dramatically by detail, facts related to each case (known technically as ‘aggravating and mitigating factors’) must be considered when determining a sentence. The maximum and minimum penalties that can be imposed by a judge are determined according to statutes. For example, if a driver has multiple previous DUI convictions and a judge is making a determination on sentencing, he or she will consult specific statutes on allowable ranges (in terms of years that must be served in jail and fines or settlement awards that must be paid).
Examples of criminal sentences and penalties for drunk drivers in California include:
|California DUI Penalties|
|1st Offense||2nd Offense||3rd Offense|
|Jail||Up to 6 months||96 hours to 1 year||120 days to 1 year|
|Fines and Penalties||$390 to $1,000||$390 to $1,000||Up to $1,800|
|License Suspension||6 months||2 years||3 years|
|Interlock ignition device (IID)||Up to 6 months or 12-month restricted license||1 year||2 years|
In addition to criminal penalties like the above examples, drunk drivers also face civil penalties for their responsibility in injuring another driver or damaging their property. To pursue a civil lawsuit after being injured by a drunk driver, you will need a personal injury attorney like the experts at Dordulian Law Group who have handled and won countless drunk driving cases for clients like you.
Civil penalties for drunk drivers can vary considerably from case-to-case. The extent of liability that a drunk driver must face can depend on factors such as the severity of the injuries sustained by the other party, and the severity of any physical damage to objects such as the involved vehicles, property, or possessions of the driver. At Dordulian Law Group, when someone is injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver our experienced team of lawyers fights to ensure the victim is compensated financially. That includes compensation for any damages including physical pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, loss of work, disability, and much more. Each drunk driving case is unique, which is why we thoroughly investigate the specific facts related to every individual case we handle. Doing so helps ensure you receive the largest possible financial award after experiencing an unfortunate drunk driving accident.
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Drunk driving cases, like all personal injury cases, require considerable evidence to be discovered and then presented in court. In order for a drunk driving case to be successful, and a victim to receive financial compensation, proving the at-fault driver’s liability is required. In drunk driving cases the most important piece of evidence is the chemical test determining the driver’s BAC, which is recovered by police officials on the scene. However, if you are the victim of a drunk driving accident and are pursuing a civil lawsuit for damages, it’s important to maintain your own thorough and detailed records that could eventually be included as evidence.
Such evidence can include:
If you are the victim of a drunk driver, you deserve swift justice regardless of the severity of your injuries or damage to your property. Drunk drivers are a menace to society, and must not be tolerated. Accordingly, we must ensure that drunk drivers are prosecuted to the full extent of the law, in criminal as well as civil court.
For a civil punishment to be imposed, and for you to recover a financial award for any damages you incurred, you need a talented and experienced personal injury lawyer who is an expert at handling drunk driving cases. You need a DLG drunk driving attorney who will fight for you and your rights under the law.
If you’re involved in a drunk driving accident, your first decision after the crash should be to call one of our expert attorneys at 800-880-7777, and provide them with all the details related to your case. Time is of the essence in drunk driving cases, and it’s important that you have a dedicated personal injury lawyer handling your case immediately following the actual incident. Don’t let anyone take advantage of you or try to violate your rights under the law. Call a DLG drunk driving lawyer today and be protected by having a fierce advocate on your side who will fight for every dollar you’re owed, helping to ensure your recovery process is smooth and free of unnecessary stress. Enduring the painful experience of a drunk driving accident can be difficult, and you shouldn’t be burdened by any undue additional details or inconveniences. Let the drunk driving experts at DLG handle those issues so you can focus on what’s most important – your physical recovery and overall well-being.
When you’re injured in a drunk driving accident, you want the at-fault party to pay for their recklessness. You want the drunk driver to pay for the injuries they caused you, and any additional effects the accident may have had on your life. In additional to receiving harsh criminal penalties for such disgraceful behavior, drunk drivers need to be punished in civil court so the accident victim may be compensated for damages.
At Dordulian Law Group, we help drunk driving accident victims recover financial damages, ensuring drunk drivers are punished to the fullest extent of the law. Our expert personal injury attorneys comprise the best and most successful team of drunk driving case specialists in Los Angeles. Fighting for the financial damages you are owed is our specialty, and we have the experience and dedication required to take on and win your case. We fight with drunk drivers (and lawyers representing drunk drivers) every day, not to mention the insurance companies and medical providers. We know how to win against these individuals who are fighting against you, determined to reduce your damages award and save themselves money whenever possible.
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lawsuit seeking financial compensation for damages. That two-year statute is a hard deadline, meaning that if you fail to file a lawsuit within the two-year window, you effectively lose your right to sue the drunk driver who caused your injuries. Don’t ever let a drunk driving accident occur without immediately filing a civil lawsuit against the at-fault party. Criminal lawsuits are an entirely separate matter, and it’s important to understand that just because a drunk driver receives a criminal fine or jail sentence, that individual is still open to civil litigation. However, in order for such litigation to proceed you must file a claim against the drunk driver within the two-year statute of limitations.
If you have questions about deadlines for filing a lawsuit after a drunk driving accident, our expert personal injury attorneys can assist you 24/7. Don’t let the statute of limitations on a drunk driving accident expire without filing a claim for financial damages through a civil lawsuit with a Dordulian Law Group attorney.
At DLG, we know what it takes to successfully take on and win a drunk driving case. We have over 25 years of experience handling drunk driving cases and representing clients who are victims of drunk drivers. We take the responsibility of handling and winning your drunk driving case seriously because we know how difficult a recovery can be following a senseless drunk driving accident. Moreover, we have an obligation to not only ensure that you are financially compensated for your injuries, but that the at-fault drunk driver is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, thereby potentially deterring future drunk driving accidents and making the roads safer for all of us.
If you were the victim of a drunk driver, you deserve the best representation available in the Los Angeles area. You deserve an attorney who will fight for you and secure the largest possible financial damages award for any injuries you suffered. You deserve an expert personal injury attorney from Dordulian Law Group. With DLG, you’ll be represented by the best team of drunk driving lawyers in Los Angeles, and your case will be handled with the care, attention to detail, and expertise required to not only win, but win big in the way you deserve.
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