North Bay Drunk Driving Accident Law Firm
If you were seriously injured by a drunk driver, or if a drunk driver’s mistaken ways or callous indifference led to the death of a family member, you no doubt feel outraged, and perhaps are even thinking about taking matters into your own hands. Although we understand what you are going through, as experienced North Bay DUI accident lawyers we can tell you that the better course of action is to let rational minds prevail, and let the legal system serve its intended function.
Dedicated Attorneys for Victims of DUI Accidents
A drunk driver who causes a serious or fatal accident will typically face two separate types of court cases. First, they will face a criminal trial for DUI with injury or vehicular manslaughter. If found guilty, the driver will be sent to jail—possibly for a very long time.
The second type of case is a civil case for personal injury or wrongful death. While the criminal case is tried by a prosecutor, civil cases are argued by accident lawyers representing injury victims and the families of individuals killed in the accident. Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC are a team of drunk driving accident attorneys in the North Bay that have successfully represented numerous victims and families in civil claims for damages against drunk drivers.
Importantly, even if the drunk driver is able to avoid a criminal conviction, he or she can still be held liable in a civil case for financial compensation. This is because the standard of proof in criminal cases (beyond a reasonable doubt, or 99.99%) is stricter than the standard of proof in civil cases (by a preponderance of evidence, or 50.01%). In addition, like other auto accident personal injury and wrongful death claims, it is often possible to obtain a settlement without going through the rigors of a civil trial—again regardless of the outcome of the driver’s DUI with injury or vehicular manslaughter case.
Damages in California Drunk Driving Accident Cases
Both civil trial verdicts and settlements for personal injury and wrongful death claims in drunk driving accidents can include compensation for:
Property (vehicle) damage
Future medical expenses
Lost wages and lost employment capacity
Pain and suffering, and emotional distress
Loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life
One way or another, someone is going to have to pay for your losses. Shouldn’t it be the person who is responsible?
To speak with a passionate and dedicated North Bay DUI accident attorney about seeking financial compensation for injuries or a loss sustained in a drunk driving accident, please contact Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC today.