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Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving accidents in San Francisco kills thousands of people every year, and they injure even more. When these accidents occur, it is important that accident victims understand they have rights. Drunk driving is a clear sign of negligence, or not acting in a reasonable manner to keep everyone else safe. When that negligence leads to an accident, those who sustain losses such as injuries or the death of a loved one may claim compensation for those damages. To do it, you will need the help of an experienced San Francisco drunk driving car accident lawyer.

Criminal Drunk Driving Cases vs. Civil Drunk Driving Cases

Drunk driving is against the law in California, as it is in all other states. When a driver is caught driving under the influence, he or she faces many criminal penalties. These include jail time, high fines, losing one’s driver’s license, installation of an ignition interlock device, and more.

However, these penalties do little for accident victims. Through the criminal courts, the accused only pays restitution to the state if convicted. The fact that the drunk driver may also be in jail does little for those who are suffering from injuries or grieving the loss of a loved one.

These victims should know that they can file a personal injury claim in civil court with the help of a drunk driving car accident attorney in San Francisco. These claims can provide compensation for items such as medical expenses, lost income, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. Filing a civil case is the only way accident victims can claim the compensation they need in San Francisco, yet so many are unaware that they are able to do so.

What to do After an Accident with a Drunk Driver

Most car accidents are traumatic. Drunk driving accidents in San Francisco are even more so. The circumstances leading up to the crash are often shocking, and the devastating injuries that result are, as well. After these types of crashes, accident victims often do not know what to do.

First and foremost, do everything else that you would at the scene of the accident. Take pictures, which can indicate liability, and exchange information with the other driver. Also speak to any witnesses who may have seen the crash and can provide testimony in the future.

The most important thing to do, besides seeking medical attention, after a drunk driving accident in San Francisco, is to obtain a copy of the police report. Always call the police after a drunk driving accident, and always ask them for a copy of the report. This will help prove negligence, which will hold the other driver liable for paying compensation.

Hurt in a Crash? Call a San Francisco Drunk Driving Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been hurt in a car accident, our attorneys at Willoughby Brod, LLP want to help. We have the experience necessary to get our clients the fair compensation they deserve. We will hold drunk drivers responsible, and fight to ensure your rights are upheld throughout the entire process. Call a drunk driving car accident attorney in San Francisco today at (800) 427-7020 for your free case evaluation to learn more about how we can help.

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