Drinking alcohol or taking drugs on a Saturday night and driving yourself home early in the morning is not a good idea. In fact, so not ‘good’ that you could even kill someone and end up in jail.
Riverside accounts for one of the highest numbers of DUI arrests not just in California, but all across our country. One such incident occurred near Lincoln Avenue and Monroe Street on Sunday morning.
The woman had to be extricated from her vehicle by fire personnel after a 23-year-old driver smashed into her car. The man, who suffered minor injuries, was said to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and got arrested on suspicion of DUI.
An even scarier DUI car accident in Riverside took place this past September when a man determined to be DUI lost control of his car and crashed into the back of a Nissan sedan.
The collision killed the driver of the Nissan, a 62-year-old man, and caused a massive car crash involving five other vehicles. Other victims in the 7-vehicle car crash sustained minor injuries.
Our DUI car accident attorney here at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg says that just because DUI-related accidents are quite widespread in Riverside, it doesn’t mean DUI drivers can get away with breaking the law and choosing to get under the wheel intoxicated.
How to file a DUI car accident claim in Riverside?
Our clients oftentimes ask us, “How to file a DUI car accident claim in Riverside?” While you may want to get the legal advice of an experienced car accident attorney to take a look at your particular case, be warned that it’s vital to file DUI-related personal injury claims properly and with caution.
When filing such a lawsuit, it should be filed on the basis of the negligence of the other party (defendant, DUI driver). Our car accident lawyer explains that your claim will depend on whether the intoxicated driver was charged with DUI after the car crash.
If the intoxicated driver was arrested for and/or charged with driving under the influence, you have one less headache when taking legal action to recover compensation for your injuries and damages.
In such a case, an arrest or charge for DUI opens the door for a civil suit for damages on the basis of “negligence per se.”
If the intoxicated driver was not arrested for and/or charged with DUI, you must prove the driver’s negligence before getting pursuing a civil suit. This may require professional help from a DUI car accident attorney, as you must present evidence that:
- the driver had a duty to other drivers and pedestrians to drive safely and responsibly (thus, not getting under the wheel of his vehicle drunk);
- that duty was breached when the driver chose to get behind the wheel intoxicated; and
- that the driver driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs was the actual and proximate cause of your injuries and damages.
Proving the third step (causation) may be confusing for those who have no law degree, which is why it’s important to consult a Riverside car accident defense attorney, who will also help you establish the full value of your claim after assessing your injuries and damages.
Consult our skilled car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg by calling our Riverside offices at 310-997-0904 today or filling out this contact form for a free case evaluation.