Drugged Driving Deaths on the Rise

Committed to Protecting Your Rights Following Drug-Related Auto Accidents

When a car accident occurs, drunk driving tests are routine. They are also simple. Police officers are trained in the use of breath test devices, and police labs are usually equipped to quickly analyze blood and urine samples.

Auto accidents become complicated, however, when drugged driving is suspected. Why? The effects of many legal and illegal drugs on drivers’ ability to operate vehicles are unknown. Also, police are less equipped to react to and investigate drugged driving.

The difficulty of determining drugs’ role in car accidents is coupled with a significant increase of drugged driving nationally. A study cited by the organization Stop Drugged Driving indicates that drugs are present “more than 7 times as frequently as alcohol among weekend nighttime drivers in the U.S., with 16% testing positive for drugs, compared to 2% testing at or above the legal limit for alcohol”. Another study, conducted by the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in 2009, revealed that two-thirds more individuals tested positive for illegal drugs compared to alcohol following accidents.

If you or a loved one were injured in a car or truck accident in California, it is important that you contact a law firm that 1) can determine whether drugged driving contributed to or caused the accident, and 2), has the skills and knowledge to effectively pursue the compensation you are owed.

The attorneys of the law firm of Weber & Nierenberg have handled numerous cases involving drunk driving and drugged driving. We bring almost 27 years of experience to clients in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. We can knowledgeably investigate your injury claim or the wrongful death claim of a loved one and hold negligent parties responsible. To contact Weber & Nierenberg for a no-charge consultation, please call 1-866-288-6010.

Representing Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents in the Bay Area

Drunk Driving Accidents in the Bay Area

Investigating and proving damages claims against drunk drivers is a different exercise from other kinds of motor vehicle accidents. To learn how an experienced personal injury attorney can develop and present the facts that can help you recover the full measure of your damages, contact Weber & Nierenberg for a free consultation.

With offices in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and San Rafael, our law firm is convenient for clients throughout the Bay Area. We accept claims against intoxicated motorists on a contingent fee basis, which means that we collect no attorney’s fee unless and until we recover compensation for you, either through settlement or trial.

One of the biggest cases our firm ever handled involved an intoxicated bus driver who struck and seriously injured our client in a rear-end collision. We settled the case for $3.75 million.

Establishing Civil Liability for Drunk Driving

In our experience, evidence of drunk driving, substance abuse or other impairment on the part of the defendant driver can be a powerful circumstance toward establishing our client’s right to damages. We know how to work with evidence of intoxication without regard to the outcome of any criminal DUI or DWI charges against the other driver. In certain cases, our attorneys can even allege that the other driver was impaired even if no charge of drunk driving was brought against the other driver.

Because a civil claim for damages involves a lower standard of proof than a criminal prosecution, claims against drunk drivers can go forward even without a conviction on a DUI charge. We can use the evidence of intoxication developed by law enforcement without having to worry about proving the case beyond a reasonable doubt. We can also look at evidence of past substance abuse problems and prior drunk driving offenses on the part of the defendant.

Evidence of intoxication will be important in most drunk driving accident cases because it can support a claim for punitive damages. Additionally, liability for drunk driving accident damages will often be excepted from the discharge in bankruptcy. Proof that the other driver had been drinking to the point of impairment or beyond will usually strengthen the accident victim’s claims.

Learn more about the ways an experienced trial attorney can use evidence of drunk driving to help an accident victim achieve justice. Contact the Bay Area law firm of Weber & Nierenberg for a free consultation. You can also visit our website at https://www.weberandnierenberg.com.

 
 
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