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Our Dedicated Napa County DUI Accident Victim Lawyers Brings Justice Within Your Reach

Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs endangers both drivers and other road users. Despite existing regulations, a lot of people continue to drive while intoxicated. The number of fatalities and injuries from DUI accidents continues to climb every year in Napa County. If you were injured in one of these accidents, schedule a free initial consultation with Arash Law today. Call our Napa County DUI accident victim lawyers at (888) 488-1391.

Home to the world-famous Napa Valley, Napa County is a destination that entices visitors with its picturesque vineyards, world-class wineries, and charming villages. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast looking for exceptional vintages or a nature lover craving scenic hikes, Napa County has something in store for you. Despite its old-world charm, the county has, unfortunately, seen its fair share of DUI-related accidents. 

Our DUI accident victim lawyers are determined to help injured individuals win their cases. In fact, we’ve successfully recovered more than $500 Million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We’re ready to do the same for you. Contact us, and let us help you obtain the compensation and justice you deserve. 

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A farm worker, suffered multiple broken bones and other orthopedic injuries resulting from an auto accident where the defendant driver attempted to make a left turn in front of our client in heavy fog.

How Can Our Experienced Napa County DUI Accident Victim Lawyers Help Maximize Your Compensation?

You might find the legal process for obtaining compensation daunting, especially if you’re still recovering from your injuries. Our DUI accident victim lawyers in Napa County are here to ease that burden. We can guide you toward obtaining the maximum possible settlement. Here’s how:

  • We’ll Help You Understand Your Rights
    Our Napa County lawyers, who have worked with countless DUI accident victims in the past, will explain the legal process and strategies in simple terms so you are aware of your rights and options. We will walk you through each step of the journey, explaining what each stage entails and what decisions you may need to make.
  • We’ll Build You A Strong Case
    Establishing a solid case that demonstrates the other party’s liability and the extent of your damages is necessary to obtain fair compensation. Our Napa County DUI accident victim lawyers can handle that for you. We’ll gather information, interview witnesses, and work with experts such as medical professionals or accident reconstruction specialists.
  • We’ll Handle Negotiations With Insurers
    Insurance companies are well known for minimizing payouts. Our Napa County DUI accident victim lawyers will level the playing field and negotiate on your behalf. We will ensure you’re not taken advantage of during settlement negotiations.
  • We’ll Represent You In Court
    If negotiations do not result in a fair settlement, our Napa County DUI accident victim attorneys can represent you in court. We can present witnesses and evidence to back up your claims.
Emperatriz Ayala
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My husband had an accident 2 years ago, a 85 years old man hit him, the Arash law group works very well on my husband case that took 9 month and he won the case and my husband was happy with the results. A year later I got into an accident as well and I’m still waiting in my case is almost resolving and it’s 9 months already. This people knows the law and they do their job right to help you out in getting the most for you to fight on your behalf. I strongly recommend the Arash Law firm they do things right in a efficient and professional manner.
Chris Zavala
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Had a great experience with all the people at Arash law. Long story short was in a bad car accident. It was overwhelming and the whole process was a lot, but they kept me in the loop. They answered all my questions and gave me great advice. Couldn't be any happier. Would definitely recommend anyone looking for a personal injury lawyer. They'll guide you through the whole process!
Jill Smith
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Having Arash Law handle my auto accident was the best decision I could have made. Everyone I interacted with was kind, professional and detail oriented. I am extremely happy with the outcome and would recommend them highly.
Joseph R. Porter
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From start to finish, Arash Law firm is there every step of the way with close, constant, personal contact and attention. I never knew a Law firm could actually care so much for me as a person and what I was personally going through as well as the settlement I was going to recieve once my case was finally completed. Thank you to everyone at Arash Law for your ongoing support and communication. You are the ONLY firm I will ever recommend to someone who is need of a great attorny.
Monica Parra
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I had an excellent experience with Arash Law. I will definitely recommend to my family and friends. I interviewed a few firms before deciding to work with Arash Law. What made my experience excellent was (i.e. head attorney being accessible to talk to and he answered all my questions and concerns, sensitive and thorough personel who completed in home intake & follow up process, being connected immediately to quality Physicians who addressed my injuries and recovery process, clear contract-read throughly to ensure its something you can commit to). Being in a car accident is a traumatic experience and I had a sense of peace knowing Arash Firm was walking with me throughout the whole process. Thank you Arash Firm for all your hard work and help. I am so grateful and appreciative for you all! 🙏 With Gratitude, Monica Parra

Why Trust Our Attorneys With Your DUI Accident Claim?

If you’re the victim of a DUI accident, you need to have skilled Napa County lawyers on your side. Arash Law, led by Arash Khorsandi, Esq, is dedicated to protecting your rights and interests. We’ll take the time to get to know you and your case so we can provide the best possible representation. 

Our lawyers have a proven track record of success, having helped numerous clients achieve favorable outcomes in their claims. We’ve secured these results through meticulous case preparation, aggressive representation, and strategic negotiation. 

Our team also believes in maintaining open lines of communication with our clients. We’ll keep you informed every step of the way so you’re never left in the dark. 

Are you wondering if you have a valid claim? We offer a free initial consultation to answer any questions you may have. Call our hotline at (888) 488-1391 to speak to one of our case managers.

What Is A DUI?

A DUI is a serious offense that involves operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamine, and LSD. These substances can significantly impair a person’s ability to make sound decisions, react quickly, and operate a vehicle safely. 

In addition, alcohol and drug use can blur vision, reduce depth perception, and cause difficulty adjusting to glare — all of which are crucial for safe driving. Impaired drivers may take unnecessary risks, such as speeding, tailgating, or ignoring traffic signals. 

Our DUI accident victim lawyers in Napa County are staunch advocates against impaired driving. They not only strive to secure justice and substantial compensation for victims but also proactively work to address the broader issue of DUI in our community. Through relentless legal representation and strategic community engagement, our attorneys are dedicated to both assisting victims in their recovery journey and effecting meaningful change to reduce DUI incidents overall.

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Drunk Driving Laws in Napa County, California

In Napa County and the rest of California, driving while under the influence of either alcohol, drugs, or both is a grave violation that carries heavy penalties for anyone found guilty. The state does not determine whether the drugs are legal or not, as the primary concern is the driver’s actions. If using drugs makes one a dangerous driver, then he is going against the law.

Section 23152 of the Vehicle Code defines the state’s provisions for DUI offenses. The main points are as follows: 

  • Operating a car while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a mixture of both is illegal
  • Driving is prohibited for anyone with a BAC of 0.08% or higher.
  • It is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.01% or higher if you are under 21 years old or on DUI probation.
  • The BAC limit is 0.04% for those who operate passenger-for-hire vehicles (e.g., taxi and Uber drivers) or any other vehicle requiring a commercial driver’s license, such as trucks.

A driver may still be arrested for DUI, even if their BAC is below the legal limit. Authorities may request that the driver blow into a breathalyzer or submit to a field sobriety test. If they find that the levels are beyond the limit, the driver may face serious consequences. A DUI charge then starts with two distinct processes: the suspension of his driver’s license by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the filing of criminal charges.

The specifics of the case dictate the penalties. If you’d like to know more, our Napa County DUI accident victim lawyers can further explain the repercussions DUI drivers will receive, along with the responsibility for compensating you for your injuries. Most first-time violators in Napa County may face the following sanctions:

  • Six-month suspension of driver’s license
  • Fines up to $1,000
  • Maximum of six months in Napa County jail
  • Community service
  • Three to nine months of attendance in DUI school
  • Installation of a breathalyzer ignition interlock device

Penalties are harsher for second or multiple DUI offenses within a 10-year period. The driver may be required to pay fees up to $10,000. Additionally, they may be compelled to serve several months or years in a county jail or state prison, have their driving privileges suspended for up to five years, and spend up to 30 months in a DUI school.

Common Injuries In DUI Accidents

Drunk and drugged driving accidents can lead to very serious injuries. The following are some of the most common injuries suffered by DUI accident victims in Napa County:

  • Broken Bones–Broken bones or fractures are painful and can take a long time to heal.
  • Road Rash–Road rash can happen when a driver or passenger is ejected from the vehicle and slides across the road. Road rash normally shows on the hands, arms, knees, or legs and can lead to infection if not treated correctly.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries–Spinal cord injuries can occur and can lead to more extensive injuries, such as brain trauma or paralysis.
  • Internal Organ Injuries–Sometimes, internal bleeding and organ damage can result from an accident. Diagnosis of internal organ damage requires a physical examination.
  • Brain Injuries–Brain injuries can happen if a driver or passenger is struck in the head during an accident.
  • Amputation–Some car accident injuries can be so severe that amputation is necessary. For an amputation injury, the limb must be surgically removed due to extensive damage.
  • Death–The most unfortunate result of any auto accident is the death of any party involved.

If you’re injured, know that our Napa County DUI accident victim lawyers are only one call away. Regardless of the injuries you sustained, we can help. We can help you find medical specialists who can treat your injuries. We’ll also help you recover payment for your medical bills and lost earnings.

Liability In DUI Accidents

A DUI accident can result in painful and life-alteing injuries. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, you can sue the liable party for damages with the help of a DUI accident victim attorney in Napa County.

DUI is considered negligence per se — that is, if a driver is proven to be intoxicated and causes an accident, they’re presumed to be negligent. However, this doesn’t mean that the driver is automatically at fault and liable for the accident.

For example, a drunk driver stopped at a red light is struck head-on by another driver. In this scenario, while the first driver’s DUI is a separate offense, their intoxication likely didn’t cause the accident. They may even have a valid claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company.

To hold a drunk driver liable for your losses, you’ll still need to prove that their intoxication caused the accident and your injuries. Evidence can include breathalyzer or blood test results, witness testimonies, CCTV footage, and police reports.

Our DUI accident victim lawyers in Napa County can help you secure such evidence. They can also help evaluate the specifics of the accident to determine the best course of action and secure the maximum compensation possible.

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Our client was the victim of a rear-end accident who was left injured and severely in pain. Arash Law was able to outshine other injury law firms when he searched online, and thankfully we were able to handle everything for our client from A to Z — All that he had to do was ask and focus on his recovery. Our client’s life has changed forever, and the compensation received for the pain and suffering has opened paths for new lifelong opportunities.
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Our client was the victim of a rear-end accident who was left injured and severely in pain. Arash Law was able to outshine other injury law firms when he searched online, and thankfully we were able to handle everything for our client from A to Z — All that he had to do was ask and focus on his recovery. Our client’s life has changed forever, and the compensation received for the pain and suffering has opened paths for new lifelong opportunities.

Compensation For DUI Accident Victims In Napa County

With the help of our Napa County DUI accident victim lawyers in filing your claims, you may recover compensation for the following:
Economic Damages

This type of compensation is meant to aid you in recovering financially from the accident. It includes reimbursement for tangible financial losses like:

  • Ambulance costs
  • Emergency medical bills
  • Miscellaneous medical expenses
  • Rehabilitative care
  • Mental health treatment
  • Loss of income or loss of future earning capacity
  • Vehicle repairs/replacement
Non-Economic Damages

You may also be entitled to non-economic damages. While these are more challenging to quantify compared to economic losses, they play a significant role in helping DUI victims cope with the long-term effects of the accident. This type of compensation addresses the emotional and psychological consequences of the accident, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical impairment
  • Loss of enjoyment
Punitive Damages
In certain situations, DUI victims may be eligible to claim punitive damages against the reckless drivers.  Punitive damages are not meant to compensate the plaintiff for their losses. Instead, they are intended to punish the defendant for negligent behavior and deter others from engaging in similar conduct in the future.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
December 2016: $22M+ verdict in a mild traumatic brain injury case. The entire details of the case can be found in the public record filings by the defendant entity that sued its defense.

What To Do After You Are Injured In A DUI Accident

DUI accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. When it happens to you, you need to maintain your composure and act quickly to ensure your safety and protect your rights. Here are the steps you need to take after a DUI accident:

  1. Examine yourself and other passengers for any injuries.
    Immediately check yourself and other passengers for visible injuries. If anyone’s injured or in pain, do not move them. Dial 911 right away and remain still until the emergency responders show up.
  2. Move to safety.
    If it’s safe to do so, move your vehicle and park it on the side of the road. Turn the emergency lights on. If your injuries prevent you from driving, ask for help from other motorists or bystanders. 
  3. Call the police.
    No matter how bad the situation is, you must still contact the police. The police record will also be vital when filing an insurance claim. 
  4. Share necessary information with the parties involved.
    Remember to get the other parties’ information, including their identification, insurance, and car details. However, do not overshare while communicating with them. Always know that whatever you say can be used against you.
  5. Document the scene of the accident.
    Try to get images of the accident site as well as the injuries you sustained. These pictures can serve as proof of damage when processing your insurance claim. It can also be used in court if your case goes to trial. 
  6. Seek medical attention.
    You need to get medical attention, even if you feel well initially. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent due to the shock or adrenaline rush experienced during the incident. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent potential complications that could arise from untreated injuries. Moreover, you can use the medical report to support your claim later on.
  7. Consult our reliable Napa County DUI accident victim attorneys.
    Our Napa County DUI accident victim lawyers can guide you through your next steps. We can also help you file your claim and ensure you receive fair compensation for your losses.
Frequently Asked Questions

A DUI driver who causes an accident must answer for their carelessness and dangerous actions. However, other parties can also be accountable for the collision, such as the hosts of private parties and the owners of bars, clubs, and restaurants.

Under Section 1714 of the California Civil Code, if a parent, guardian, or any other adult knowingly provides alcohol to someone they know is under 21 years of age, they may be held accountable if the latter causes an accident. Similarly, if a bar or liquor establishment’s employees knowingly serve or sell alcohol to an obviously intoxicated minor, they can also be held liable. 

If you have been injured in a DUI accident in Napa County, reach out to our experienced lawyers. We will help you pursue every avenue for compensation and ensure all liable parties are held accountable. We’ll also help get your vehicle repaired or replaced and provide complimentary transportation during the claims process.

The prevailing law in California concerning wrongful death allows the surviving family members of a victim who died in a DUI accident to file a claim. Through this, they can receive compensation to address the impact of the death of their loved one.

The following individuals are allowed to file a wrongful death claim:

  • The deceased’s surviving spouse or domestic partner
  • The deceased’s surviving children
  • Anyone who would be entitled to the property of the deceased through intestate succession may bring a wrongful death lawsuit if there are no survivors in the deceased’s line of descent. This can include the deceased’s parents or siblings, depending on who is alive at the time of the victim’s death.

The “one action rule” requires all eligible parties to act as plaintiffs in a single wrongful death lawsuit collectively. The primary objective of this rule is to prevent multiple lawsuits for the same wrongful death incident.

If one of your loved ones has tragically died as a result of a DUI collision, reach out to our Napa County accident victim lawyers by calling (888) 488-1391. While no amount of money can make up for your loss, a wrongful death claim can provide financial relief and a sense of justice. Together, we will hold the at-fault party liable for their actions.

In cases involving motor vehicle accidents and personal injuries, victims may initiate their legal actions within two years of the incident. If they miss the deadline, their case will be considered “time-barred,” which will prevent them from pursuing any potential monetary compensation. 

Our Napa County personal injury lawyers can help ensure the filing process doesn’t get delayed. We will act promptly to gather evidence, build your case, and file your claim within the required timeframe.

DUI Accident Statistics In Napa County, California

In 2020, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) reported 14 DUI arrests in Napa County alone. The agency also recorded 1,370 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in California in 2021. This figure accounted for 32% of all 4,285 traffic-related deaths. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 37 people nationwide die in DUI-related collisions every day, or one in every 39 minutes. On average, around 10,850 people have died in drunk-driving crashes annually since 2012.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) confirmed that 54% of drivers gravely injured in collisions between September 2019 and July 2021 tested positive for drugs or alcohol at seven trauma centers. 

Although these figures are startling, they reflect the harsh truth that DUI incidents exist. If you or your loved one was a victim of a DUI accident, contact our Napa County DUI accident victim lawyers. We’ll provide expert legal support in your pursuit of justice and fair compensation.

Consult The DUI Accident Victim Lawyers Napa County Relies On!

DUI accidents can shatter lives. If you want to hold the negligent parties accountable, you need expert legal guidance and representation. Schedule a consultation with our Napa County DUI accident victim attorneys today. We’ll help you understand your rights, explore your options, and determine the most effective course of action for your claim. 

At Arash Law, we understand that the legal battle can be stressful. Our relentless lawyers will stop at nothing to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible. It’s time to fight back — and we’re ready to fight for you. Contact (888) 488-1391 now for a free consultation. 

We serve Napa County and neighboring areas such as Clearlake, Middletown, Brooks, Esparto, Wood, Davis, Dixon, Vacaville, Fairfield, Vallejo, Novato, Petaluma, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Middletown, Cloverdale, San Rafael, and Bodega Bay.

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