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Protecting Drunk Driving Accident Victims Throughout San Diego

Despite the best efforts of law enforcement agencies and community organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, drunk driving remains one of the most significant risks faced by California drivers. Nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities in California occur in drunk driving accidents.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not only illegal, it is also reckless and selfish. It is dangerous for the driver’s passengers and everyone else on the road. Drunk drivers may face criminal consequences and be held financially accountable for the damage they cause. Unfortunately, according to MADD, fewer than 2% of drunk driving incidents result in arrest. If you want justice, you will have to pursue it yourself outside the criminal justice system. Regardless of whether the drunk driver in your situation has been charged or convicted, you have a right to demand compensation in the civil justice system.

The Difference Between Civil and Criminal Justice

Your San Diego drunk driving accident case may proceed in both the civil and criminal courts, which are separate court systems. If the DUI driver who caused your injury is charged with a crime, they will face a criminal judge who may impose criminal penalties. Even if the DUI driver who caused your injury was not charged with DUI, it does not mean you do not have a case. You still have a right to compensation in the civil justice system. In addition, the burden of proof in civil cases is much lower than in criminal cases. This means that even if the DUI driver was found not guilty in criminal court, you may still be entitled to compensation in civil court.

Proving a San Diego drunk driving accident may seem straightforward, but proving your case can be complex and may require expert witness testimony. Also, there may be statutory liability issues such as whether the dinner host who provided too much to drink at her dinner party could be liable for her guest’s DUI accident on his way home. Certain laws may allow you to hold bars, restaurants, and other places serving alcohol responsible for the actions of drunk patrons who leave their premises drunk. These laws are extremely complex and should be investigated by a knowledgeable and experienced San Diego drunk driving accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Holding Drunk Drivers Accountable in San Diego

Eugene Bruno & Associates exclusively represents accident victims and their families. The San Diego car accident attorneys at Eugene Bruno & Associates have over 45 years of combined experience fighting for the rights of drunk driving accident victims and their families. Let our team fight for you and your family. You can contact us by calling us at 888-278-6688 for a free consultation.

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