Bay Area Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
The Bay Area drunk driving accident lawyers at the Emanuel Law group know that victims of drunk driving accidents often feel let down by the criminal justice system. While the drunk driver may face a fine and jail sentence, the criminal court can only award compensation for out-of-pocket damages such as medical expenses and lost wages.
We help you obtain damages for all of your economic losses, but also your physical pain and suffering and emotional distress. We also seek punitive damages in these cases. Punitive damages can be substantial and the drunk driver cannot shield himself against them by trying to file for bankruptcy protection.
Because the stakes are high in an alcohol or drug-related accident, the defense can be elaborate. As a former prosecutor/deputy district attorney and as a criminal defense attorney, Todd Emanuel has a wealth of experience dealing with drunk drivers. He knows how to prove symptoms of intoxication, how field sobriety tests are conducted, and the procedures used to test blood and breath samples. In these cases, we will always conduct a background check on the drunk drivers to find out if they have a prior history of drunk driving.
We handle all drunk-driving accident claims on a contingency fee basis. This means we are entitled to an attorney fee only if we successfully obtain compensation for you. We will advance the expenses of investigating your drunk driver accident and proving your case.
In May of 2014, Mr. Emanuel recovered $180,000 in punitive damages for plaintiffs who were rear ended by a drunk driver in San Francisco. The plaintiffs had less than $600 in property damage and less than $5,000 in medical expenses for soft tissue strains.
For additional information and a free consultation, contact the Emanuel Law Group at our San Mateo County office, or in one of our other locations throughout the Bay Area. We want to hear from you.