Every year, innocent drivers, passengers, and pedestrians are killed or seriously injured by drivers who choose to get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs. While driving drunk or drugged is a crime in California, victims usually end up having to work through insurance claims on their own if they wish to recover compensation for the injuries they sustained—and the at-fault driver’s insurance company will often seek to minimize your injuries and offer you far less than your injuries are really worth.
What Kind of Compensation Can Victims of California Drunk Driving Accidents Seek?
How successful your claim is and how damages are awarded will heavily depend on the details of your accident. However, if you have been injured by a drunk driver in California, you generally may be able to recover compensation for:
- Your immediate medical care
- Your long-term medical care, rehabilitation, and injury-related expenses
- The emotional trauma of the accident and injury
- Pain and suffering related to the injury or loss of a loved one
- Wages lost due to time away from work
- Property damage sustained in the wreck
In some cases, victims may also be able to pursue punitive damages after the drunken driving accident. If you’re unsure how to get the claims process started, or if you need help determining what your claim is worth, please meet with an experienced Orange County accident lawyer for more specific advice and guidance.
How Can Injured Drunk Driving Victims in Orange County Get Help?
Having an attorney on your side can make a big difference in the success of your claim, and it can be a big relief when you are already struggling with your own serious medical concerns. The experienced attorneys with Russell & Lazarus would be happy to handle all the details and aggressively pursue your claim for you while you focus on recovering. To meet with an Orange County accident lawyer in a free initial consultation, simply give us a call today at 1-(949) 851-0222, or fill out the convenient online contact form on this page.