Being injured by a drunk driver can result in significant losses. A DUI injury lawyer at our Stockton, CA-area practice can help. The attorneys at Shore, McKinley, and Conger are prepared to help you pursue compensatory damages to cover medical costs and other bills. Meanwhile, we are committed to helping to curb drunk driving. Therefore, we will also pursue punitive damages to discourage negligent behavior in the future.
Along with compensatory damages, you have the right to pursue punitive damages. These fines are intended to punish the drunk driver and to serve as a warning to the general populace.
Your Rights as a DUI Victim
As a drunk driving victim, you deserve legal and financial justice. When you visit our practice, we will launch a comprehensive investigation to determine whether you have a viable legal claim. We will gather compelling evidence, such as police reports and eyewitness accounts. With our help, you may be able to obtain damages to cover several types of expenses:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Income loss
- The cost of ongoing medical care or live-in assistance
- Support for dependents (if you are permanently unable to work)
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral costs in the case of wrongful death
Along with compensatory damages, you have the right to pursue punitive damages. These fines are intended to punish the drunk driver and to discourage such behavior from the general population. Under California law, they will also help to offset your expenses.
Waging a DUI Lawsuit
Drunk driving is a criminal offense punishable in all 50 states. To be convicted of a DUI, a driver must have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher. However, several parties may be held responsible for a drunk driving accident. Under social host laws, party hosts who furnish alcohol may also be subject to charges. Similarly, dram shop laws state that bartenders, restaurateurs, and others who serve alcohol may be held partially responsible. Nevertheless, dram shop laws in California are quite limited. Therefore, it is important to work with an attorney who truly understands these regulations.
Committed, Experienced Legal Representation
The lawyers at Shore, McKinley, and Conger have handled many complex DUI cases. Our team leader, John R. Conger, has over twenty years of experience with personal injury law, including drunk driving injury claims. We not only understand the intricacies of criminal and civil legislation, but are also familiar with the way that insurance companies operate. After our investigation, we will fight on your behalf, either in negotiation or in court. We understand that a drunk driving accident can create significant turmoil for you and your family. Therefore, we will provide compassionate and sensitive legal representation.
Contact Us to Book a Case Evaluation
To find out if you have a viable legal claim and to determine who may be held liable for your DUI accident, contact our firm today. We will carefully examine the details of your injury to begin building a compelling case on your behalf.