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No one leaves home expecting to get into a motor vehicle accident, much less a catastrophic collision with a drunk driver. Unfortunately, however, despite years of advocacy and public awareness campaigns, drunk driving continues to plague the roads in and around San Luis Obispo. Victims of these accidents deserve to receive compensation for their injuries and tragic losses. The San Luis Obispo personal injury legal team at Gomez Trial Attorneys can help.
If a drunk driving accident in the San Luis Obispo/Central Coast area leaves you or a loved one seriously injured, you have rights. Contact a San Luis Obispo car accident injury attorneys at Gomez Trial Attorneys today to learn your best recovery options.
Gomez Trial Attorneys is a law firm representing victims of catastrophic injuries and tragic fatalities caused by a wide variety of preventable accidents and incidents. Attorneys from our San Luis Obispo office serve the needs of injured clients throughout Central and Southern California.
A significant part of our practice involves fighting for the rights of clients injured in motor vehicle accidents, especially victims of drunk drivers. Since our founding, our team of legal professionals has secured millions of dollars in compensation for clients who have seen their lives devastated in traffic accidents; including a $13.5 million jury verdict for a client who suffered a brain injury in an auto accident. We credit our six, seven, and eight-figure results for our clients to our relentless pursuit of our clients’ interests in and out of court.
We can never guarantee a case will result in recovery, of course. However, we can promise that every client of Gomez Trial Attorneys will receive sound legal advice, and our full-commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for the client’s circumstances.
In the latest year for which data is available from the California Office of Traffic Safety, 244 people died or sustained injuries in alcohol-related crashes in San Luis Obispo County alone. Nearly half the injuries and fatalities happened in accidents that involved young adult drivers. Across the state, alcohol-related crashes kill more than 1,000 people annually, a devastating and senseless toll.
Drunk driving accidents inflict severe, life-altering injuries. In a brutal irony, often the victims who sustain the very worst injuries are not the drunk drivers, but rather the occupants of vehicles the drunk driver’s crashes-into, or passengers in the drunk driver’s own car or truck.
Among the common injuries drunk driving accident cause, include:
The bullet points above represent examples only. A San Luis Obispo drunk driving accident can inflict just about any physical or emotional injury you can imagine. No matter what type of injuries you or a loved one sustained in a drunk driving accident, the team at Gomez Trial Attorneys has the resources and experience to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Victims of Central Coast and San Luis Obispo-area drunk driving crashes have legal rights. As Californians, they have every right to expect that the state will hold the drunk driver criminally accountable, if at all possible. As victims of the drunk driver’s wanton conduct, they also have the right to take legal action seeking compensation from anyone at fault for the accident, from the drunk driver to anyone else legally responsible for the driver’s conduct.
At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we represent clients in seeking compensation for their injuries. While we may also help guide our clients through the process of participating in a prosecution of the drunk driver who harmed them, we aim to secure financial damages from anyone who has a legal liability to our clients under California law. In fact, even if the state has decided not to prosecute the drunk driver in your case, you may still have the right to seek compensation from the driver and others in California courts.
In California, as elsewhere in the country, a person whose careless decisions or dangerous conduct harms someone else will have a legal liability to that victim for money damages. That is the idea behind “suing” someone for a drunk driving accident: someone’s actions wrongfully hurt you, and as a result, they should compensate you for the harm you have suffered.
In motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers, the drivers typically have a legal liability, and the drivers’ auto insurance carriers will usually have a legal obligation to pay damages to the drunk drivers’ victims. Many accident victims do not realize, however, that other individuals or entities may also have a legal liability to pay damages for the accident, because their actions also played a role in causing it, or because California law holds them accountable for the drunk driver’s conduct.
These, too, simply represent some examples of how someone other than the drunk driver can have a legal liability to victims of a drunk driving accident. We mention this because sometimes San Luis Obispo drunk driving accident victims think it is not worth their time to come speak with us because the drunk driver was uninsured, or has been jailed. Even when that is the case, however, other parties may also owe compensation. We welcome anyone who has sustained injuries in a drunk driving crash to contact us for a free evaluation of who may have a legal liability to them for money damages.
How much money can a victim of a San Luis Obispo drunk driver expect to receive by taking legal action? It depends on a variety of factors related to the severity of the injury.
Generally speaking, however, in a lawsuit a drunk driving accident victim can typically seek to recover compensation to pay for:
Because all of the categories of damages above can vary depending on the circumstances of the drunk driving accident and the severity of a victim’s injury, the amount of money a victim might receive will also vary from case-to-case. Additionally, the resources available to pay damages will also impact the “value” of a drunk driving accident injury claim in California courts. A legal action against multiple parties, all of whom have insurance or assets with which to pay damages may, in a practical sense, have a higher “value” than a claim against a single party who carries only the minimum liability insurance required by state law.
Speak with a member of the team at Gomez Trial Attorneys today to begin evaluating the potential value of your claim for damages arising out of a San Luis Obispo or Central Coast drunk driving accident.
In the paragraphs above, we have invited any victim of a San Luis Obispo-area drunk driving crash to come speak with us. You may wonder, however: Just what does having a lawyer get me? What can an attorney do that I can’t do for myself? These are fair questions.
Here are the answers.
San Luis Obispo and Central Coast drunk drivers inflict trauma and tragedy on a daily basis. The team at Gomez Trial Attorneys has the resources and experience to get victims of drunk drivers the compensation they need to heal. Call us at (619) 237-3490 or contact us online at our San Luis Obispo office for your free case evaluation.
Gomez Trial Attorneys
1334 Chorro Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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