Posted on Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 at 12:09 pm    

Being involved in a car accident is always traumatic, but when the other driver is under the influence of alcohol, it can be even worse than a typical collision. Unfortunately, DUIs are also quite common: Drunk drivers remain a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents in the United States, and the Sacramento area is no exception.

Despite the publicity, danger, and consequences of DUI collisions, they still happen every day, and those injured are often bereft of options for pursuing necessary compensation, not just punishment for the other driver’s recklessness. The Tiemann Law Firm knows that more is required, and this blog is just one of the ways we’re trying to correct the imbalance. Read on to learn what you should know about DUI collisions in Sacramento.

Why You Should Consult an Attorney

While the drunk driver may face criminal charges, pursuing compensation for your losses requires an experienced personal injury lawyer. They can help you navigate complex legal procedures, negotiate with insurance companies, and ensure you receive fair compensation for:

  • Medical Expenses:This covers all costs associated with your treatment, including hospitalization, medications, and physical therapy.
  • Lost Wages:If your injuries prevent you from working, you are entitled to compensation for lost income.
  • Pain and Suffering:This includes compensation for any physical or emotional pain inflicted by the accident.
  • Property Damage:This covers repairs or replacement of your damaged vehicle. You should also consider whether any rental fees for a car you’re forced to lease might be compensated as well.

What Makes DUIs Different?

Any accident that causes injury and involves a negligent party might include compensation for the victim, but DUIs are more likely to involve “punitive damages,” which go beyond straightforward compensation and seek to punish the defendant for particularly grievous or negligent wrongdoing.

  • Punitive damages are typically awarded when the at-fault driver knowingly consumed alcohol with full knowledge that they would later be operating a motor vehicle.
  • They can make the difference when severe injury or damages are incurred beyond the scope of what standard compensation might cover.

Legal punishments and penalties for the negligent drunk driver who injured you do little to restore your health, wealth, or personal well-being in the aftermath. Compensation, however, does quite a bit. If you’ve been injured in a DUI accident, we hope that the information above gets you one step closer to the restitution you deserve.

Injured by a drunk driver in Sacramento? We can help! Our personal injury attorneys will bring more than 25 years of experience to bear and fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free, same-day consultation by calling (916) 999-9000 or toll-free: (800) 712-2000.

Client Testimonials

Herb T. Testimonial
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The Tiemanns were referred to me by a friend and I am exceptionally happy with the service I received. I had never been in an accident before. I had no idea what to do. Jelena verbally explained how everything would work to me, and she and Peter handled everything. I didn't have to lift a finger once. They went above and beyond for me and I am extremely grateful. I pray I won't ever need this type of assistance again, but I will definitely be referring them to friends and family.

Jennifer T. Testimonial
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I highly recommend The Tiemann Law Firm! I had never before been in a situation where I sustained injury and had to seek legal representation. I was nervous, traumatized, and had no idea what to expect. Jelena, Peter, and their staff walked me through each step of the process. They explained everything in detail. They patiently answered all my questions, responded quickly to every email, text message, phone call, etc. I felt totally prepared for each new phase of the legal process. Furthermore, they were fearless in their defense of me. In certain situations, when I felt attacked or scared my attorney protected me like I was family. Their diligence, honesty, integrity, and compassion provided a true sense of healing and closure for my family and I. The Tiemann Law Firm accomplished more for me than I ever thought possible and I am forever grateful.

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Jereme S. Testimonial
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No one wants to have to hire a lawyer, but if you do. I prefer Tiemann Law. They helped a family member who was injured on the job, and the company did not want to compensate him even though, the injury occurred on the job on company time. Jelena was always professional in explaining the lengthy process of fighting a large corporation. 2 years later he finally is receiving the deserved compensation.

Hanna Padilla Testimonial
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From the very start of my case the Tiemann Law Firm was wonderful. Perter came all the way to my home to sit down and talk to me about my options. He made me and my partner feel very comfortable and promised us he would take the very best care of my case. Peter kept me informed every step of the way and was always on top of things. everything was done in a timely manor and I always felt like I was the only case he was working on because he was so fast. In the end Peter got me back way more money than I ever expected. I would recommend this law firm to everyone. I am very happy with the outcome of my case thanks to the Tiemann Law Firm! Thank you!