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DUI/DWI-Related Accidents

A DUI/DWI-related accident is entirely preventable. These accidents could be avoided if drivers simply chose not to drive after they have been drinking. Unfortunately, statistics tell a very different story. Every year close to 200,000 California residents are arrested for drunk driving, and there are over 1,200 people in our state who are killed each year due to a drunk driving accident. Nearly half of all fatal car accidents across the country involve alcohol.

It's because this is such a major problem that California has implemented laws designed to compensate victims of alcohol-related crashes. These provisions allow for victims to receive additional awards, including punitive damages in civil actions brought against a drunk driver.

Lawyers Who Understand California Accident Laws

The law regarding holding drivers accountable for injuries caused in DUI accidents is extremely complex. Attorneys who defend individuals accused of causing an accident while drunk will often file what is called a demurrer to prevent punitive damages from being awarded in any civil case.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Steven M. Hanna, P.C., always vigorously oppose such motions to strike these punitive damages and have had remarkable success in allowing punitive damages to be awarded. Having more than 50 years of combined personal injury litigation experience, Steven M. Hanna and John Upton can anticipate the strategy that opposing attorneys will take when defending their clients in these lawsuits. They understand the sorts of proof required in gaining a successful verdict at trial, and they know how to document evidence and present it at trial due to their understanding of court procedures — especially in Orange County.

Empathetic Legal Representation

At the Law Offices of Steven M. Hanna, P.C., we understand that we are dealing with individuals who have suffered severe injury and families who have often experienced great loss. Besides dealing with pain and suffering, they also are often experiencing financial hardship due to medical bills and the inability to work.

Steven Hanna and John Upton pay close attention to the individual needs of their clients. They understand that everyone's circumstances are unique. They therefore will make every effort to assure that all of their clients' needs are met.

Please contact our law firm today if you or a family member has been injured due to the actions of a drunk driver. Our Fullerton office can be reached by calling 714-872-9165. No fee will be charged without a recovery for you.