Los Angeles Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Los Angeles Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

Car accidents are a leading cause of serious injuries and accidental deaths in Los Angeles every year, and these incidents occur for many reasons. While most car accidents reported are the result of negligence, or failure to use reasonable precautions behind the wheel, others occur due to intentional misconduct. The most common example of this is driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs.

Los Angeles Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Legal Representation for Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents in Los Angeles, CA

DUI is a serious criminal offense, and the penalties for conviction can vary based on the severity of the offense and the defendant’s criminal history. Penalties for DUI can include fines, loss of driving privileges, mandatory drug and alcohol education courses, community service, and even jail time. These penalties will increase automatically if the defendant has prior DUI convictions on their record or if they caused an accident that resulted in bodily injury or death.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a drunk driving accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages just as you would after any other vehicle accident in Los Angeles. However, your damages are likely to be more severe than they would in most typical accidents; drunk driving accidents tend to cause more serious injuries and more extensive property damage. Additionally, the illegal nature of the defendant’s actions can influence your recovery efforts in several ways. It is imperative that you secure legal counsel you can trust as soon as possible after your accident to have the greatest chance of maximizing your total compensation.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton have years of experience handling all types of personal injury cases in Los Angeles, including those arising from illegal actions. We know the challenges you are likely to face in the aftermath of a drunk driving accident, and we know how to help you recover as fully as possible. The sooner you connect with our team, the more time we have to build a compelling case on your behalf.

How to Recover From Your Drunk Driving Accident in Los Angeles

The typical recovery process following a vehicle accident is filing an auto insurance claim followed by a personal injury claim when insurance cannot fully repay your losses. You will likely follow this same progression in the aftermath of a drunk driving accident, but the DUI case against the at-fault driver could influence your recovery efforts in various ways. While you proceed with your civil action against them, the state will be prosecuting a criminal case for their DUI violation.

An experienced Los Angeles drunk driving accident attorney can help with the auto insurance claim filing process. You must prove that the defendant directly caused the accident and submit your claim as soon as possible to succeed with the claim. Your attorney can help gather any evidence you may need to firmly prove the defendant caused your accident, such as the police report for the incidents and testimony from witnesses who saw it happen. Your claim should include a complete list of the damages you suffered and the amount of compensation you are seeking. Your Los Angeles drunk driving accident attorney can resolve any issues you encounter with the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier and ensure you receive a fair settlement offer.

Once you have recovered as much compensation as possible through the insurance claim process, you can proceed with filing a personal injury claim against the defendant. This case may unfold in tandem with the criminal case filed by the state, and your attorney can advise you as to how the cases might interact.

Compensation in a Personal Injury Claim for a Drunk Driving Accident in Los Angeles

Under the state’s personal injury laws, the plaintiff has the right to seek full compensation for all economic losses they suffered because of the defendant’s actions. These economic damages are likely to include:

  • Property damage, such as any vehicle repair costs that cannot be recovered through auto insurance.
  • Medical expenses. You have the right to hold the defendant accountable for the cost of all medical treatment you need to achieve maximum improvement from your injuries. This includes future treatment costs if you need ongoing care to fully recover.
  • Lost income. When you cannot work and earn income because of your injuries, the defendant is liable for the income you cannot earn during this recovery period. If you are permanently disabled from the accident, they are also liable for your lost future earning capacity.

Beyond economic damages, a plaintiff in Los Angeles also has the right to seek pain and suffering compensation that reflects the physical pain and psychological distress they experienced because of the defendant’s actions, and there is no limit on this aspect of recovery in a vehicle accident case. If the plaintiff suffered any permanent harm, their pain and suffering compensation is likely to amount to more than the total of their claimed economic damages.

Due to the fact that a drunk driving accident is the result of illegal misconduct, the plaintiff could receive additional compensation beyond their compensatory damages and the amount recovered for their pain and suffering. The judge handling their civil claim could award punitive damages to further punish the defendant, and the amount awarded generally depends on the overall financial status of the defendant. It is also possible for the defendant to face restitution as one of the penalties assigned upon conviction in criminal court.

Ultimately, a drunk driving accident claim can be more challenging to resolve than a standard motor vehicle accident claim. Having legal counsel that you can trust for this case will be imperative to securing the compensation you need to recover as fully as possible. The attorneys at Easton & Easton have years of experience handling difficult civil claims for clients in Los Angeles and surrounding communities, and we always aim for maximum client recovery in every case we accept. The sooner you reach out to our team, the more time we have to develop a compelling legal strategy on your behalf.

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer FAQs

Q: How Much Compensation Can I Claim for a Drunk Driving Accident?

A: If another driver injured you in a drunk driving accident, they are not only responsible for all damages they caused, but they are also going to face criminal prosecution. Their penalties may include restitution or punitive damages alongside their repayment of the losses they inflicted. Your Los Angeles drunk driving accident attorney can estimate your case’s potential value and help maximize your recovery.

Q: How Much Can I Claim in Pain and Suffering?

A: California’s personal injury laws allow a plaintiff to seek compensation for the physical pain, emotional distress, and trauma they have experienced due to a defendant’s actions. There is no limit to how much you can claim in a drunk driving accident case, and your attorney can provide guidance when it comes to determining an appropriate amount to reflect the severity of your experience.

Q: Can I Claim Compensation if I Was Partially at Fault for an Accident in Los Angeles?

A: Yes, it is possible for a plaintiff to bear partial liability for their recent accident and still recover compensation for their damages. The state enforces the pure comparative fault rule, meaning a plaintiff will have a fault percentage assigned to them if they are partially responsible for causing their personal injury. This percentage is taken from their case award as a penalty, and they keep the remainder. For example, 10% fault means losing 10% of their total case award.

Q: Why Do I Need to Hire a Los Angeles Drunk Driving Accident Attorney?

A: If you were hurt by a drunk driver, do not assume that because they are clearly at fault for the accident that it will be easy for you to recover your losses. Even if fault is clear, you could encounter various legal challenges that you will not be able to overcome on your own. Hiring legal counsel you can trust not only improves your chances of success with your claim but also increases the chance of maximizing your recovery.

Q: How Much Will It Cost to Hire a Los Angeles Drunk Driving Accident Attorney?

A: The attorneys at Easton & Easton make legal counsel accessible and affordable to those who need it most in Los Angeles with our contingency fee policy. Instead of paying upfront or ongoing legal fees, you will only pay a fee after we win your case, and the fee you pay is a percentage of the total compensation we secure on your behalf. There is no fee at all if our team is unable to secure compensation on your behalf.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton know how damaging any accident can be and the frustration that often follows a drunk driving accident in Los Angeles. You need legal counsel you can trust to navigate your recovery efforts successfully, and the right attorney on your side can make a tremendous positive difference in the quality of your final recovery. If you are ready to learn what a seasoned Los Angeles drunk driving accident attorney can do for your case, contact Easton & Easton today and schedule a consultation with our team.

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The superior client service Easton & Easton provides has earned the firm an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Best Law Firms Orange County 2020

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen anew each year since 2014 by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the "Best Law Firms" for the Southern California Metro Area.

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Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen by the LA Times Reader's Choice Poll as "The Best Personal Injury Law Firm in Orange County" for 2018.

Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Doug and Brian Easton have been selected as Top 100 Trial Lawyers for California each year since 2014 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.

The Best Lawyers in America

Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California 2016

Brian and Matt Easton were recently honored for their efforts in securing a $1,850,000 verdict for a client in 2016, which was selected as one of the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California by TopVerdict.com.

Super Lawyers

Doug and Brian have each been selected by Super Lawyers, an honor given to less than 5% of attorneys. Matt Easton has been selected among Super Lawyers' Up-and-Coming Top 25 in Orange County and Top 100 in Southern Califonia, an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys under 40 years old.

10 Best Personal Injury Law Firms in all of Southern California

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen as one of the "10 Best Personal Injury Law Firms” in all of Southern California" each year Since 2015 based on client satisfaction — one of the highest honors we could ever hope to achieve.

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Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for 2015

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Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Brian and Matt Easton have each earned lifetime appointment to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum — The Top Trial Lawyers in AmericaTM through the results achieved for their clients. This is an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys in the United States.

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Doug Easton has held the “AV Preeminent” Rating for over 30 years and Matt Easton received this prestigious distinction in 2015. The "AV Preeminent" rating is the highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards, and is based on the legal profession’s oldest peer review rating system, dating back to 1887.

10 Best 2015 Client Satisfaction

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been chosen as one of the "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in Southern California each year since 2015 based on client satisfaction, an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys - and Easton & Easton houses three of them.

American Board of Trial Advocate

Brian Easton was selected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2015. ABOTA is one of the most premier associations of trial attorneys and judges, requiring a certain number of jury trials as lead counsel and approval by a majority vote of the ABOTA board.

The National Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40

Matt Easton has been selected each year since 2014 as one of the Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 for California by The National Trial Lawyers — an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys.

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Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Nation's Premier Top Ten Attorney Personal Injury

Both Doug and Matt Easton have been selected as Top Personal Injury Attorneys by Avvo with scores of 10 out of 10 based on their skill, experience, results, peer evaluations, and client reviews.

Nation's Premier Top Ten Attorney Personal Injury

Matt Easton has been selected as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40 in California for 2015 by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys — an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys under the age of 40.

Nation's Top One Percent

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel among the Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys each year since 2017.

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Coming out of my first auto accident as an adult, a very difficult and scary time to navigate and understand, I was so incredibly thankful to have been put in contact with Easton & Easton. I honestly was lost with how to handle paperwork, doctors, medical costs and what next steps were, and from the moment I spoke with Travis Easton and my case manager Katie, my mind was put at ease. They have made the entire process stress free for me as I recovered, and I am so grateful for them and their genuine care for my case. Communication from the start has been fantastic, especially making clear what my expectations for the entire process would look like, and I truly believe they have my best interest at heart. 100% I would recommend their firm for anyone that is needing representation! Read more…

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I can’t say enough amazing things about my experience with Travis Easton at Easton & Easton. Travis and his entire team (Katie, Amy, Dee, Michelle, & Araceli) are phenomenal. It provided me a lot of comfort to know I was being so well taken care of. I was especially impressed that every document for the case was perfectly written and specific to me. Nothing was generic, which shows the level of care and attention they put into each individual case. I had such a great experience and would highly recommend Travis Easton and his firm to anyone going through a personal injury. Travis took a bad situation and made the best of it for me. Thank you again, I’m forever grateful!!


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Retaining Easton and Easton was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! From the initial consultation to our final meeting, they were nothing short of exceptional. I was forced to retain their services after firing my previous attorney for not handling the case properly. I dealt with Gabriel and Brian (partner) exclusively throughout the case. They did as promised and were great communicators throughout the entire process. I will recommend them to anyone I know going through a personal injury case. They were ultimately able to untangle the mess caused by my previous lawyer and get a result that I was extremely happy with. Their staff is exceptional as well and provided top notch customer service. Amera was also extremely helpful and easy to deal with as well.

Jeffrey N.

I was in a pretty bad car accident and decided to have Easton & Easton represent me, Travis Easton to be specific. Travis Easton and his paralegal made the whole process effortless. They were so understanding and helpful! The entire thing was a gigantic mess, yet Travis managed to make it run like clockwork. I would HIGHLY recommend Easton & Easton! If you are ever in need of a personal defense attorney Easton & Easton is the firm to represent you!

Mark B.

They are the best law firm in Orange County period. Choosing them to represent me was the best decision of my life.
My life changed in a matter of seconds after a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left me disabled. Brian Easton and his team worked on my case non stop for 3 years and provided me the justice I deserved. I couldn’t have been more content.
I was treated with utmost respect and I felt like I was being represented by a close family member. The responses to my questions were quick and clear. What E & E has done for me is phenomenal.
My sincere thanks to Brian, Matt, Travis, Doug, Gabriel and Amera. They are what they are because of their dedication to provide high quality and professional service to their clients.

Vamsi P.

Brian Easton and his team, Gabe Mendoza and Amera Hajali, helped me during a very difficult time in my life. I had a significant injury from a car accident, and wound up seeking out Easton & Easton when I was having difficulties getting help from my doctors. The Easton team took a lot of stress off of me while acting as my advocates to help me get the care I needed, and saw my case all the way through to a healthy settlement.

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I was rear ended on my home and pushed into a semi-truck. I was not sure how to go about even using an attorney.
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