Even in today’s world where there are many options for intoxicated individuals to get home safely, such as a ridesharing service or public transportation like a bus or a train, some people still make the choice to drive drunk. When they do, they endanger everyone else on the road. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a drunk driver in California, it is important to be aware that you have several options in your pursuit of justice. The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes has decades of experience dealing with drunk driving accidents and can help attain both the compensation and justice you deserve. To discuss your situation with an El Dorado drunk driving accident lawyer you can trust, contact The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes today.
What should I do if I’ve been hurt by a drunk driver?
Drunk driving accidents can result in very serious physical, emotional, and financial burdens for the victim. However, before discussing those, it is important to be aware of what you should do as soon as the accident happens. Some of the ways you can maximize your chances of a successful personal injury claim against the negligent party include the following:
- If you are able to do so, call the police. They will also dispatch emergency medical services and can begin the documentation process that is imperative to proving your case.
- Again, if you are able to, try to get the contact information of any witnesses who may have seen the accident occur.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident, including any damage to your vehicle, any property that was damaged, and the drunk driver’s vehicle.
- Once you receive medical treatment, be sure to ask your doctor for all documentation they have regarding your injuries.
It is also important to note that these accident cases can be a bit more complicated than the average personal injury case because the drunk driver has also committed a crime. It is important to retain the services of a skilled personal injury lawyer who understands these complexities and can effectively navigate through them. Attorney Gomes has a deep understanding of criminal law, especially law regarding driving while intoxicated, and he can help you attain the justice you deserve.
The aftermath of being involved in a serious car accident can be devastating, especially when the person who caused your injuries was a drunk driver. You may be suffering from life-changing physical, emotional, and financial burdens. Our firm is ready to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Some of the compensation that an experienced El Dorado County drunk driving accident lawyer can fight for on your behalf includes the following:
- Medical expenses, now and in the future
- Lost wages and lost future earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of independence
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Statute of Limitations
In the state of California, you must file your personal injury claim within two years of the date of the accident. If you fail to meet this deadline, you may be ineligible to recover any of the damages explained above, which can be detrimental. Do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes today so we can get started on your case as soon as possible.
Contact an El Dorado County Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes has decades of experience representing clients across El Dorado County, California when they are seriously injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another party. Our firm takes drunk driving cases very seriously, and we will stop at nothing to ensure that you are granted the justice you deserve. Contact our firm today to get your free consultation and discuss your situation.