Drunk Driving Victims
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), every 53 minutes someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. Every 90 seconds someone is injured. Alcohol is a factor in 6% of all traffic accidents and in over 40% of all fatal crashes. And in Bakersfield, police arrest about 12 motorists per day who are driving under the influence.
In a civil case involving a crash at the fault of a drunk driver, a plaintiff is entitled to punitive damages, which are awarded in order to both punish the defendant and deter similar future behavior. For a plaintiff to be awarded punitive damages in a drunk driving case, he or she must show 1) that the driver voluntarily drank alcohol to the point of intoxication knowing that he or she would be driving; 2) that the driver was aware of the probable dangerous consequences of his or her conduct; and 3) that the driver willfully and deliberately failed to avoid those consequences.
The Bakersfield car accident lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles have significant experience in dealing with cases involving victims of drunk driving accidents. If you or someone you know has been injured because of a drunk driver, contact our law firm immediately.
To learn more about the work of Chain | Cohn | Stiles with victims of DUI crash victims and Mothers Against Drunk Driving Kern County, click here.
Your Kern County DUI Crash Victim Lawyers
If you or someone you know is hurt at the hands of a driver who is under the influence, contact us at (661) 616-9829 or visit us at 1731 Chester Ave., Suite 100, Bakersfield, CA 93301-5220 today.