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Fighting for Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents

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.

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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What Sets Bostwick & Peterson, LLP Apart?

  • Over $750 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • Record-Setting Birth Injury Verdicts & Settlements in Four States
  • We Have Received the Trial Lawyers "Presidential Award of Merit"
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  • We Are Members of the Inner Circle of Advocates, Which Is the Nation’s Top 100 Plaintiff Lawyers