DUI drivers who cause fatal accidents are liable for wrongful death in the State of California. The family of the victim is able to hold the DUI driver financially liable for the loss of their family member by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Fatal DUI accidents generate two forms of court actions: criminal and civil. The criminal case may often need to be tried or settled first. This strategy removes all doubt about the facts in the civil wrongful death action and serves to establish in court the evidence that will serve as the backbone for the civil wrongful death case. However, criminal actions can take months and in some cases years. The family cannot and should not wait to file the wrongful death lawsuit, although they may need to await the outcome of the associated criminal case.
After more than 40 years of experience with wrongful death cases in California here in Orange County, I can tell you that filing a case as soon as possible is the best strategy. This allows for the preservation of important evidence such as witness testimony before memories begin to fade. We build a case based upon these reports, police reports, as well as investigation reports from the accident scene.
DUI drivers who cause fatal accidents are liable for wrongful death in the State of California. There is a time limit or “statute of limitations” to file the wrongful death lawsuit, so we invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact us or call and speak with me personally for a free consultation at (949) 305-1400. If your family has lost someone you love in a fatal DUI accident you will need an experienced and skilled trial attorney to protect your rights and seek the compensation your family deserves. There is not cost to you out of pocket, as I handle all wrongful death cases on a “contingency fee” basis.