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Why Hire the May Firm for a California Drunk Driving Accident?

At the May Firm, our drunk driving accident lawyers understand the destruction and devastation an accident with a drunk driver can cause. From the heartbreak of losing a loved one at the hands of a driver who gets behind the wheel while under the influence to the serious injuries you can suffer as a victim that can turn your life upside down, our firm will make every effort to help you fight to recover the loss and damages that you have suffered.

The Difference Between Criminal and Civil Liability in a Drunk Driving Accident

DUI accidents differ from most other motor vehicle accidents in that DUI accidents often involve a criminal case along with a civil case. DUI collisions will often end with the arrest of the at-fault driver. A criminal DUI case stands separate and apart from your right to seek compensation for the damages you have sustained as a result of the accident in a civil court or through a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. At-fault drivers face criminal charges as punishment for wrongful actions; whereas injured individuals seek justice and compensation for the damages that they have suffered through a personal injury claim.

California’s Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents

California has a specific time frame in which an injured DUI accident victim must file a lawsuit for compensation. This statute of limitations places the burden on a plaintiff to file a suit against the parties responsible within the allotted time. Otherwise, injured individuals generally lose the right to pursue compensation for their injuries.

In California, the statute of limitations provides injured individuals with just two years from the date of a DUI accident to file a claim for losses in a civil court.


High-Risk Areas for DUI Accidents in California

Drunk drivers pose a threat to public safety along any road, but California roadways include additional elements of danger that can result in widespread damage and tragic accidents. Traffic congestion, winding roadways through mountainous terrain, poor visibility, and massive interstates all pose dangers on the road that require a competent driver to maintain focus and stay alert to prevent an accident.

Drunk drivers often struggle to see clearly, make safe decisions, and react appropriately to perilous situations. Drivers’ impaired senses and affected mental state while traversing through these hazardous road obstacles make a drunk driver an even bigger danger and risk to the safety of the public along California’s most dangerous roadways.

Hazardous California roadways include the following:

  • Interstate 5
  • Interstate 10
  • Interstate 15
  • Interstate 40
  • State Route 1
  • State Road 99
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Dangers That Contribute to California Drunk Driving Accidents


California’s population continues to grow exponentially, with a current population of over 39 million. The most populated state in the country has some of the worst traffic. Heavy congestion and motor vehicle collisions occur every day throughout California. Unfortunately, with increases in population and a more mobile society comes a higher incidence of drunk drivers on the road. In just one year, over 120,000 drivers faced arrest for DUI within the state of California and caused over 2,000 fatalities.

Who Bears Responsibility for a Drunk Driving Accident in California?

In the vast majority of cases, the responsibility for a DUI car accident lies squarely on the drunk driver that caused the collision. However, certain circumstances may implicate another individual or organization, and some accidents may involve multiple at-fault parties, which can complicate an already complex claims process. This type of situation often arises in cases that involve an on-the-job employee or in situations where a drunk driver caused an accident while driving another person’s vehicle.

Keep in mind that the preferred method to seek compensation as an accident victim will often be through a settlement with the insurance company involved in the accident. If the driver and/or car owner has insurance coverage at the time of the accident, the policy will likely cover your losses. However, in cases where a driver does not have adequate (or any) insurance or that involve disputes as to the liability or the extent of damages that have occurred, injured individuals may need to file a lawsuit in court and pursue litigation.

Available Damages in a Drunk Driving Accident


Personal injury law delineates the damages available to a victim of a preventable accident caused by another party. Damages in a DUI accident can include economic and non-economic losses. Economic damages consist of monetary losses that have an objective value and to which a court can assign a monetary value. Non-economic damages involve personal losses to an injured individual, which may include the effects of the injuries on a victim’s physical health, as well as the emotional and mental aftermath of the accident and the injuries.

Damages in a DUI accident in California can include:

  • Medical expenses related to emergency care, treatment, and rehabilitation of your injuries
  • Future medical costs associated with your injuries
  • Losses to your current wages and impacts on your ability to perform your job
  • Future income losses and impacts due to the injuries you have sustained
  • Pain and suffering, including emotional and mental distress from the accident and injuries you suffered
  • Impacts to your quality and enjoyment of your life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Wrongful death of a family member

The May Firm’s Past Case Results

We know the impacts a drunk driving accident can have on your life and future. A driving under the influence (DUI) accident will likely create unexpected expenses that may create financial stress for you and your family. At the May Firm, our auto accident attorneys always work to recover maximum compensation for our clients.

Some examples of successful case results for our past clients include:

  • $2.3 million settlement for the victim of a rear-end collision.
  • $1.5 million settlement for a car accident victim that suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • $1.475 million settlement for a motor vehicle accident victim that suffered lower back injuries.

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If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a California drunk driving accident, contact the experienced legal team at the May Firm for your free case evaluation.

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The May Firm’s DUI accident legal experts pride themselves on their ability to move quickly to defend victims and their rights, while engaging with compassion during a difficult time. Nobody outworks The May Firm when it comes to helping clients and their families seek justice.

We provide our services without upfront costs to our clients because we know that we have what it takes to win our clients’ personal injury cases. We invite you to meet with us at one of our personal injury law offices in San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, San Diego, Bakersfield and Fresno. No matter where you call home in California, The May Firm is here to help. Please call (844) MAY-FIRM to schedule an appointment so we can talk about the specifics of your personal injury claim resulting from a drunk driving accident.