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Drunk Driving Accident

San Francisco Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Was Your Crash Caused By a Drunk Driver?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 28 people die every day in the U.S. because of an alcohol-impaired driver. Drunk driving accidents account for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities in California and across the country. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that over 50% of all traffic accidents are alcohol-related.

Drinking and driving is against the law. It impairs a person’s faculties, impeding their ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. If you or a loved one were involved in an accident involving a drunk driver, we invite you to contact the San Francisco drunk driving accident attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP today.

Understanding the Consequences of Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving accidents can have devastating consequences for both the victims and the at-fault drivers. It is important to understand the severity of these accidents and the potential long-term effects they can have on your life.

Here are some key points to consider:

  • Physical injuries: Drunk driving accidents often result in serious injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even fatalities. These injuries can require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and may have a lasting impact on your quality of life.
  • Emotional trauma: Being involved in a drunk driving accident can cause significant emotional distress. It is common to experience feelings of fear, anxiety, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after such a traumatic event.
  • Financial burden: The financial costs of a drunk driving accident can be overwhelming. You may face medical bills, lost wages due to time off work, property damage, and ongoing expenses related to your recovery. Seeking compensation for your injuries can help alleviate some of this burden.
  • Legal implications: In addition to seeking compensation, it is important to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. A skilled San Francisco drunk driving accident lawyer can help you navigate the legal process, gather evidence, and build a strong case to ensure you receive the justice you deserve.

At Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, we understand the complexities of drunk driving accident cases and are dedicated to helping victims seek justice. Our experienced attorneys will fight tirelessly on your behalf to ensure you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.

Your Rights After a Drunk Driving Accident

When drunk driving accidents occur, impaired drivers may be held responsible criminally and civilly. Drunk drivers can face a variety of criminal penalties, such as jail time, fines and license suspensions, and those injured by drunk drivers and their families may be able to pursue damages in a civil lawsuit.

By filing a personal injury lawsuit, accident victims may be able to recover damages for injuries sustained in the accident, including medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. In the event of a fatality, the surviving family members may be able to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

California Dram Shop Law

There are some form of dram shop laws in multiple states throughout the U.S. These laws allow establishments that sell or furnish alcohol to be held liable for drivers who get involved in car crashes. In states where dram shop laws apply, bar owners and others can be held responsible if they continue to serve alcohol to obviously intoxicated persons or to minors.

According to MADD, in California:

  • There is no vendor liability for intoxicated adults.
  • There is limited vendor liability for intoxicated minors.
  • No social host law (parents or other adults who allow minors to consume alcohol on their premises).
  • Per BUS §25602, a person cannot be held civilly liable for drunk driving injury or death if they sold or furnished alcohol to a “habitual or common drunkard or obviously intoxicated person,” but it can warrant a misdemeanor.
  • Per BUS §25602.1, legal cause of action may be brought against the party who sold or furnished alcohol to a minor if that minor’s drunk driving was the proximate cause of injury or death.

Your Legal Recourse After a DUI Accident

If you or someone you love was involved in an auto accident with a drunk driver, we invite you to contact our San Francisco drunk driving accident lawyers today for a free review of your legal rights and options. If there is a way for you to recover financial compensation for your losses, our firm can help you find it.

Contact us at (888) 831-8448 today to learn more.


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    James S. Bostwick and Erik L. Peterson have been named top-rated medical malpractice attorneys in Northern California.

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    James Bostwick is a nationally certified medical malpractice specialist and founding member.

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    James Bostwick & Erik Peterson are listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

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    James Bostwick inducted into the Hall of Fame and featured among the Top 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America.

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    James Bostwick's exceptional talents have been recognized by America’s Top 100 Medical Malpractice Litigators®, where he remains among some of the most esteemed medical malpractice litigators throughout the country.


What Sets Bostwick & Peterson, LLP Apart?

  • More than $1 billion recovered for our clients
  • Since January 2018, the firm has twice broken the California record for the largest medical malpractice settlement
  • James Bostwick was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers® in 2012
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  • James Bostwick received the Trial Lawyers "Presidential Award of Merit"
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  • Record-setting verdicts and settlements in five states for medical malpractice and motor vehicle accidents
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