Orange County Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

Orange County Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys

Car accidents are a leading cause of accidental injuries and deaths throughout California every year, and most of these incidents happen because of negligence. However, car accidents can also occur from illegal misconduct, and drunk driving is one of the most common examples of this. An Orange County drunk driving accident lawyer is the ideal resource to consult if you or a loved one recently sustained injuries because of another party’s intoxicated driving.

Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys in Orange County, CA

Statistically, those who drive while intoxicated are far more likely to cause serious accidents than drivers who are sober. Impaired judgment and slow reaction times lead to serious accidents with severe injuries. Intoxicated drivers are also more likely to engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel, such as speeding or willfully performing moving violations. They may also become drowsy and fall asleep at the wheel.

More than 30,000 Californians are injured in accidents that are alcohol or drug related. Unfortunately, the statistics are harrowing, and the number of drunk driving accidents continues to rise in California. Despite driving under the influence (DUI) being one of the most often prosecuted criminal offenses in both the state and across the country, the rates of drunk driving accidents seem to increase each year despite the harsh penalties assigned for DUI violations.

Additionally, a criminal case from the state seeks to punish a defendant, not to compensate their victim. The drunk driver who hit you may face fines, jail time, and other penalties as consequences of their actions, but you will need to pursue a civil claim for damages to recover compensation for the damages they inflicted. An Orange County drunk driving accident lawyer is the optimal asset to have on your side for your recovery efforts.

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Who is Liable in a Drunk Driving Accident?

Numerous parties can be held responsible for drunk driving accidents in the State of California, including:

  • The intoxicated driver can be held responsible for their behavior, and the decision to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. According to California DUI laws, a person will be considered under the influence of alcohol and intoxicated if their blood alcohol concentration is at or above 0.08 percent.
  • Bar/Restaurant Owners or Staff. While bars and restaurants that serve alcoholic beverages in California usually cannot be held liable for the actions of their patrons after leaving their establishment, they can be held liable for an accident caused by a minor who was served alcohol in their establishment and under some other narrow circumstances.
  • Hosts. Just as bar and restaurant owners cannot generally be held liable for the actions of intoxicated drivers after leaving their location, private hosts are generally immune from responsibility for their intoxicated guests.  However, if they provide alcohol to a minor who causes an accident or under certain other narrow circumstances, they may be held liable and responsible.

While the driver who hit you while intoxicated will certainly bear fault for the accident, liability could fall to other parties as well. Your drunk driving accident lawyer can help identify every party liable for your damages and guide you through the process in Orange County, CA, of holding them accountable for your damages.

Filing an Auto Insurance Claim After a Drunk Driving Accident

An injured accident victim’s first avenue of legal recourse after an accident is to file an auto insurance claim against the at-fault driver. State law requires every driver to have auto insurance that meets the minimum coverage requirements of $15,000 or more for bodily injury to one person, $30,000 or more for bodily injury to more than one person in a single accident, and at least $5,000 to cover property damage.

Dealing with insurance companies can be very challenging, but having legal counsel on your side will encourage the insurer to process your claim efficiently and in good faith. The attorneys at Easton & Easton have years of experience dealing with insurance companies on behalf of our clients in Orange County and can ensure you receive a fair settlement. If the at-fault driver does not have insurance or their coverage cannot fully compensate you, we can help you file a civil suit.

Civil Lawsuits Due to Drunk Drivers Negligence

Often, a drunk driver will be prosecuted with criminal charges related to driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, the victims of a drunk driving accident have the right to pursue claims against the drunk driver in civil court to recover monetary compensation for their damages.  Additionally, under certain circumstances where the drunk driver has a prior history of drunk driving or exhibited especially reckless behavior at the time of the accident, the victim may be able to pursue punitive damages against the drunk driver.

As a victim, you have the right to immediately file a civil claim without having to wait for a criminal trial to finish. Additionally, a drunk driver does not have to be convicted for the criminal offense of driving while under the influence or driving while intoxicated for there to be a successful civil claim. The level of proof in a civil claim is much lower than a criminal case, and even if a drunk driver is never convicted for criminal offenses, they may still have to pay damages in civil court to victims of the drunk driving accident.

It’s possible for your civil case and the criminal case from the state to interact in some ways. For example, the penalties the defendant faces for conviction are likely to increase due to the fact that they caused harm to a victim. In your civil suit, you could receive far more compensation than you may initially expect to reflect the fact that they broke the law in injuring you. Your attorney can explain any such interactions and help maximize your results.

Types of Damages and Compensation Accident Lawyers Can Help You Recover

If you were involved in a drunk driving car accident, there are many types of damages available to you to recover for your losses with the help of an experienced Orange County personal injury attorney .

  • Compensatory Damages. These damages will include any medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering. It’s important to remember you can claim compensation for your immediate and future economic losses resulting from the accident. Anything you cannot recover through insurance can be cited in your personal injury claim.
  • Punitive Damages. Punitive damages are established to punish the willful disregard of other’s safety. If the drunk driver has a prior history of drunk driving or exhibited especially reckless behavior at the time of the accident, you may be able to recover punitive damages from the drunk driver.
  • Wrongful Death. According to the law, if your loved one is killed in a drunk driving accident, the closest surviving relative will be able to file a wrongful death suit to recover damages such as funeral expenses, medical bills, lost future income, property damages, mental pain, and loss of care and services.

Economic damages in your case may be straightforward, but non-economic damages are more subjective. State law allows a plaintiff in a personal injury case to seek compensation for their physical pain, emotional suffering, and diminished ability to enjoy life caused by the defendant’s actions. There is no limit to how much the plaintiff can claim, so this could form the bulk of their case award if they suffered severe injuries.

Ultimately, you could be entitled to a far greater recovery than you initially expected, and a good attorney can help accurately calculate the full extent of the damages you can seek from the defendant in your claim. The attorneys at Easton & Easton approach every drunk driving accident claim we accept with the goal of holding the defendant fully accountable for the harm they have caused.


Q: Will a Drunk Driver Go to Jail for Causing an Accident?

A: Penalties for DUI offenses escalate based on the severity of an offense and whether the defendant has a record of recent DUI violations. Jail time is likely if they have at least one prior DUI conviction on their record and/or they caused an accident resulting in bodily harm. If a DUI driver caused great bodily injury or death, they are likely to face felony prosecution and incarceration in state prison.

Q: How Is Pain and Suffering Calculated in a Vehicle Accident Case?

A: State law does not uphold a specific formula for calculating pain and suffering in a civil suit. This means a plaintiff has the right to seek as much as they believe to be appropriate to reflect the severity of the harm they experienced. Your Orange County drunk driving accident lawyer may seek an amount based on the overall severity of your condition following the accident and/or the length of time it will likely take for you to recover from your injuries.

Q: What Happens if a Drunk Driving Accident Causes Permanent Harm?

A: It’s possible for any vehicle accident to result in catastrophic injuries, some of which can leave victims permanently disabled in various ways. In this situation, you have the right to seek full compensation for both immediate and future economic losses related to your injury, as well as compensation for your physical pain, psychological distress, and diminished quality of life caused by the defendant’s actions.

Q: Will I Win More Compensation if I Hire Legal Representation for My Case?

A: An experienced Orange County drunk driving accident lawyer can significantly improve the quality of your final case award. They will know all the various avenues of recovery that are available to you, some of which you would have likely overlooked on your own. The average person may be able to account for their immediate damages, but an attorney can ensure accurate calculation of projected future losses and determine suitable pain and suffering compensation.

Q: How Much Will It Cost to Hire an Orange County Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer?

A: Many people believe that legal counsel is prohibitively expensive, but the team at Easton & Easton accepts personal injury clients on a contingency fee basis. With this billing arrangement, our client pays no upfront or ongoing attorney fees, only parting with a percentage of their final case award as our fee after we have won their case. There is no fee for our client if we cannot obtain a recovery for them.

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Experienced Orange County, CA Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, over 1,000 deaths occurred due to drunk driving in California each year. Thousands of others suffer personal injuries related to drunk driving accidents.

If you were injured in a drunk driving accident in the State of California, you have the right to compensation. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Easton & Easton at 800-461-8259 today.

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