Q. Do you know how many individuals are injured or killed in DUI accidents?
A. There are an astounding number of injuries and deaths from DUI accidents. It was reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that over 33,000 drivers were killed due to accidents related to alcohol in 2009. What is defined as a DUI? According to the NHTSA it is when the blood alcohol level is .01 or greater with the legal limit being 0.8 percentage.
Q. I was traveling in a car operated by a drunk driver that got in an accident. Can I now take lawful action?
A. It is very possible for a passenger of a drunk driver to get compensation if the passenger did not aid in the driver causing the accident, for example, grabbing the steering wheel and causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. If this was not the case, then the injured passenger does have the ability to file an injury claim personally. A lawyer in the law firm of Harrison Barnes, LLP can decide if the victim is in actuality entitled to any compensation.
Q. What can I do if I was involved in a DUI?
A. Even if your injuries seem minor and or insubstantial, if you were a victim of vehicle collision you should always seek medical attention. By doing this, any medical professional can ascertain if there are any internal injuries because they are not always physically visible. Another thing to be sure to do is contact the local police. Law enforcement can help to keep vital documents and evidence of the accident and they also gather statements from witnesses as well. Always try and document whatever pertinent information you can. Get as much as possible to help you with your claim when you are trying to prove liability in any personal or private injury claim.
Q. What are the advantages of selecting a DUI accident victim lawyer such as Harrison Barnes, LLP?
A. By hiring an attorney that has experience on matters such as these, you are insuring that you get the best help available. They can help you navigate the legal system and make sure that you get the compensation that you are entitled to. They also can explain the policies and procedures so you make informed decisions on your next step. There have even been several studies that have shown that by hiring a qualified attorney, you may receive up to as many four times the compensation for all your damages. Doing otherwise can cost you more time, money and even your legal rights.
Q. Can I obtain compensation on behalf of my DUI related injury?
A. You may be eligible for settlement for your accident if the other driver was driving under the influence. It is suggested that you search for the advice of an attorney at Harrison Barnes, LLP to confirm what settlement may be accessible to you or anyone of your family. Families of those who are missing a family member because of a DUI related accident may be eligible for a financial settlement for funeral costs, emotional suffering, loss of some consortium, and decrease of predicted wages and advantages.
Q. What are the advantages of selecting a DUI incident lawyer?
A. Hiring an attorney who has experience in DUI accident law can be invaluable. Without the help of a skilled attorney guiding you through the legal process, you could lose the opportunity to secure compensation for your serious injuries. Again, several studies have found that hiring a qualified attorney can help you recover up to four times more compensation for your damages. Deciding not to hire a DUI accident victim attorney could cost you money, time and your legal rights.
Q. Who is responsible in a DUI accident?
A. Several parties may be financially responsible for DUI accidents in Southern California. Victims may complain in the court against the intoxicated or high car owner who is responsible for the accident. Victims also can go to the court and file a complaint against the person who sold the alcohol to the drunk driver. For discussion about your legal alternatives, contact the Harrison Barnes, LLP law firm. We can easily figure out if your case should go to court. If so, we can describe the lawful process for you. Our law firm is available and would like to help you out. There is no need for any prior appointment. There is no cost to you unless we win your case.
We serve clients all of Southern California including Pasadena, Century City, and all of Los Angeles. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and need legal advice, call our office at (310) 598-1719 today.