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Drunk Driving Accidents

Modesto Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

Holding At-Fault Drivers Accountable for Driving under the INFLUENCE

Drinking and driving is one of the most reckless combinations imaginable, and yet people inconceivably continue to commit this heinous act with shocking regularity. In the United States, 29 people die every day in a crash caused by an alcohol-impairment. The equals one death every 50 minutes.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for your injuries and other damages. At the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis in Modesto, we believe that individuals who have chosen to drink and drive should be held accountable for their actions.

Together, we will fight by your side to ensure that the at-fault driver and their insurance company are the ones who are held responsible for your accident, not you.

Contact our Modesto drunk driving accident lawyer today to receive the compensation you deserve. Call us at (209) 528-0404 or write to us online.

Understanding the Consequences of Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving accidents can have devastating consequences for both the victims and the at-fault drivers. It is important to understand the severity of these accidents and the potential legal ramifications involved.

Some of the consequences of drunk driving accidents include:

  • Severe injuries or fatalities
  • Emotional trauma and psychological impact
  • Medical expenses and ongoing treatment
  • Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
  • Property damage and vehicle repair costs
  • Legal penalties, including fines and possible jail time
  • Increased insurance premiums

At Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis, we understand the challenges faced by drunk driving accident victims and their families. Our Modesto drunk driving accident attorney is dedicated to holding at-fault drivers accountable and seeking maximum compensation for our clients.

By pursuing a personal injury claim, you can seek financial compensation for your losses and hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. Our experienced legal team will guide you through the legal process, gathering evidence, negotiating with insurance companies, and representing your best interests in court if necessary.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a drunk driving accident, act quickly. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case and learn how we can help you navigate the legal complexities and seek the justice and compensation you deserve.

Commonly Asked Questions

Why is it important to act quickly after being involved in a drunk driving accident in Modesto?

Acting quickly after a drunk driving accident is crucial because it allows for the preservation of evidence, timely filing of legal claims, and ensures that you meet any statutory deadlines. Prompt action also helps in securing witness testimonies while their memories are fresh, which can be pivotal in building a strong case for your compensation.

What are the legal penalties for drunk driving offenders in Modesto?

Drunk driving offenders in Modesto may face serious legal penalties including fines, jail time, and increased insurance premiums. The severity of the penalties often depends on the circumstances of the accident, such as the level of impairment and whether the accident resulted in injuries or fatalities.

Signs Someone Is Drunk Driving

In 2018, 29% of all traffic fatalities were caused by drunk driving—that’s 10,511 people who died in a crash caused by DUI in a single year. These statistics only partially highlight the serious nature of these accidents, which can cause emotional trauma, property damage, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death.

People under the influence of alcohol drive erratically. Some signs you can look for include:

  • Braking suddenly
  • Driving the wrong way down one-way streets or highways
  • Failing to use turn signals or headlights
  • Ignoring traffic signals and road signs
  • Speeding
  • Swerving in and out of lanes
  • Unable to remain in one lane and driving over the lines

However, it shouldn’t be on you to prevent getting into an accident—any crash that results from drunk driving should be the responsibility of the person who consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Therefore, it helps to hire an accident lawyer who can help you investigate and document the accident, determine fault, and file legal paperwork to ensure you receive a settlement.

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