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Murrieta Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

Drunk Driving California Attorney

Riverside County Attorneys For DUI Victims

Despite our best efforts, some traffic accidents are simply unavoidable. For example, if you are driving on a slippery roadway in the middle of a rare Southern California thunderstorm, you could be driving as carefully as you know how and following all safety rules, but you might end up losing control and crashing anyway. Other accidents, however, are considered entirely preventable because they involve negligence on the part of one or more drivers. Negligent behavior could include speeding, texting while driving, or running a red light. Crashes that are caused by drunk drivers fall under the category of preventable accidents because they only occur because an individual decided to drive after drinking too much.

At the Maineri Law Firm, our team aggressively represents the interests of those who have been injured in crashes caused by impaired drivers. We understand the importance of holding drunk drivers accountable for their destructive decisions and getting victims the compensation necessary to start rebuilding their lives. If you or a family member have been hurt in a drunk driving-related accident, our experienced personal injury lawyers are ready to go to work on your behalf.

Presumed Liability in Drunk Driver Accidents in California

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law in California, as well as in all other states. A drunk driving or impaired driving criminal offense can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. As such, when a person drives under the influence and causes an accident, the driver is presumed by law to have been negligent. In drunk driving situations, operating a car or truck on a public roadway while intoxicated is enough for the driver to be considered to have caused the accident. Based on this presumed negligence, a drunk driver is also presumed to be liable for any and all injuries caused by the crash.

Presumed negligence—sometimes referred to as "negligence per se"—and liability can make drunk driver accident cases somewhat easier, but they do not mean that getting compensation will be automatic. The driver's insurance company may challenge these presumptions by attempting to shift some of the blame for the accident to you. The insurer could also contest the extent of your injuries in an effort to limit payouts. It is also possible that the insurance company might simply ignore your valid claim or delay payment.

Protecting Your Rights

The skilled team at the Maineri Law Firm knows how important it is to act quickly following a drunk driving crash. Doing so is often critical in preserving evidence that might otherwise be lost or comprised. We are ready to go right to work as soon as you contact us and become our client. We will investigate the details of the crash to determine how it occurred and who might share in the liability for the injuries you sustained. Depending on the situation, other responsible parties might include a restaurant or bar at which the driver was overserved before getting on the road.

As your case moves along, we will also keep track of any criminal proceedings against the intoxicated driver, as information from that case could be helpful in proving your case for compensation. It is important to keep in mind, however, that your case is not necessarily dependent on the driver being convicted of DUI. Even if the criminal case against the driver is dismissed completely, he or she could still be held fully liable for causing your injuries.

Get the Help You Need Today

For more information about recovering damages for injuries caused by a drunk driver, contact the office of the Maineri Law Firm. Call 951-698-4200 to schedule your free consultation and case review with our team today. Our lawyers serve injured clients in Murrieta, Temecula, Riverside County and throughout Southern California.

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