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Orange County residents injured by drunk drivers have options

California residents have been hearing the message for years -- don't drink and drive. It seems like common sense. Unfortunately, some drivers do not heed this advice. They may underestimate how drunk they are or some may even feel they are better drivers when they have had a few drinks. Unfortunately, attitudes like this lead to entirely preventable drunk driving accidents.

In California, almost 200,000 residents are placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated each year. Moreover, more than 1,200 individuals in California lose their lives in drunk driving accidents. In fact, almost 50 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States involve drunk drivers. Drunk driving is a serious problem in California and nationwide.

There are laws that allow victims of drunk driving accidents to pursue compensation in a civil action. Not only may they may seek compensation for medical damages, pain and suffering and lost wages, but they may also pursue punitive damages.

However, receiving punitive damages is not always easy. Defense attorneys in such situations will often file a "demurrer" -- that is, a formal objection -- in order to keep the victim from receiving punitive damages. Plaintiffs have to fight to strike down such motions. At our law firm, we help our clients oppose such motions, allowing those clients to be awarded punitive damages. We understand what evidence may be necessary in a drunk driving case and we work to do our best to represent our clients in drunk driving civil actions. Our law firm's website provides further information about drunk driving accidents in Orange County that residents may find useful.

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