The drunk driving accident attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen represent those who have been injured by a drunk driver in Bakersfield, CA.
The City of Bakersfield, CA saw 1,487 accidents from 2011 through 2020 where the primary crash factor violation was an intoxicated driver, according to UC Berkeley data. Motor vehicles have made our lives more convenient. Unfortunately, though drunk driving crashes are a risk any time you drive on our roads in a motor vehicle.
The consequences of drunk driving accidents can be severe. You may have been severely injured in your DUI accident. You might be unable to work because of your severe injuries. You might be facing huge medical bills and you might be unable to pay those bills because you can’t work. That’s where our experienced drunk driving accident lawyers come into play.
When you hire a drunk driving accident lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen, we can help you recover financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, wrongful death and more. We handle every aspect of the legal process for drunk driving accident victims so they can focus on what’s important: recovering from their injuries.
We represent those injured by drunk drivers on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you won’t ever owe us any legal fees until and unless we recover money to compensate you in your drunk driving accident case. You won’t ever owe us any upfront fee. You won’t ever owe us any money out of your own pocket. The only fee we charge in drunk driving accident cases is a percentage of whatever money we recover for our clients. In other words, you won’t be charged a fee if we don’t win your case.
If you can’t afford to pay for treatment of the injuries you suffered in a drunk driving crash, a DUI accident lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen can get you to doctors who will treat your injuries on a lien. What this means is that these doctors will not charge you for treatment until your case is over.
Why are doctors willing to do this for our clients? Simple. We have a long track record of getting great results for our clients, and the doctors we work with know this.
Call a DUI accident attorney at Nadrich & Cohen today for a free consultation if you or a loved one was injured or killed in a drunk driving collision. You can also text us from this page, or you can fill out the free case evaluation form on this page.
Do I Need Bakersfield Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys?
You may be wondering if you really need a drunk driving accident attorney if you’ve been injured due to intoxicated driving. The answer is that those who file drunk driving accident claims need a lawyer if they want to recover all of the financial compensation they are legally entitled to. There are three reasons:
- Insurance companies will do everything in their power to minimize your claim
- Insurance companies won’t respect you if you don’t have a lawyer
- It is dangerous for you to talk with insurance companies
Insurance Companies Will Do Anything To Minimize Claims Regarding Drunk Driving Crashes
The primary source of financial recovery in most drunk driving cases is an insurance company. Because drunk driving accidents often involve serious injuries, ensuing claims might lead to litigation which is very high stakes for insurance companies. Because of this, when the insurance coverage available is significant, say, $1 million or more, the lawyers representing the insurance companies won’t typically concede liability for an accident.
Insurance companies and their lawyers will often claim that the injury victim (the plaintiff caused their own accident, even if and when the actual at-fault driver had an illegal blood alcohol concentration when the accident occurred. It is also common that even when serious injuries occur, defense lawyers will try to claim that the injuries are not related to the accident. This defense may not be available in death cases or cases which involve broken bones, but it’s a common defense when victims end up suffering subjective injuries like herniated discs which need surgery. In cases like these, defense lawyers will do whatever they can to attempt to avoid liability for DUI accidents by making a claim that the back or neck condition was degenerative or pre-existing in nature and was therefore not the result of the accident. These claims are even common when plaintiffs need surgery because of the injuries they sustain in an accident.
It is not simple to hold drunk drivers and their insurance companies liable in a personal injury claim involving drunk driving, but you can rest assured that our experienced, knowledgeable law firm will effectively represent your needs and interests in such a case.
Insurance Companies Won’t Respect You If You Don’t Have Legal Representation
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, the drunk driver or their insurance company is legally obligated to pay you for your injuries under California law. This is because those who injure others via negligence are liable for the injuries under California law, and driving drunk is considered negligence.
The thing is, just because the insurance company is legally obligated to pay for all of your damages doesn’t actually mean they will. In fact, they simply won’t if you don’t have a lawyer.
Why? Because the only way to enforce California law in this situation is to file a lawsuit over a settlement offer which is too small. The insurance companies know you can’t file a lawsuit and win in court against their lawyers if you don’t have a lawyer of your own. Thus, if you don’t have a lawyer, the insurance company will not respect your ability to sue them and win. If they don’t respect your ability to sue them and win, they will only offer you low ball settlement offers which represent a fraction of what you’re actually entitled to.
The only way to get the insurance company to offer you what you’re actually entitled to is to hire a lawyer who they respect, and insurance companies don’t just respect Nadrich & Cohen, they fear Nadrich & Cohen.
We have been representing injury victims for over 30 years. We have recovered over $350,000,000 for our clients. We have a long track record of success in court.
Insurance companies typically keep files on injury lawyers. When they look at their files on Nadrich & Cohen, they see that when we go to court against insurance companies, we win. They know it’s a waste of their time to take us on in court. They know it’s a waste of expensive legal fees to take us on in court. Most of our cases settle out of court because of this.
In short, the only way you’re going to recover what you deserve for your injuries is if the insurance companies fear your ability to sue them and win, and the best way to make sure they do is to hire experienced, successful lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen.
It’s Dangerous For You To Talk With Insurance Companies After An Accident
One of the worst things an accident victim can do is talk with the insurance company representing the at-fault driver after an accident. The reason why is insurance adjusters are trained by insurance companies to trick injury victims. They are trained to manipulate injury victims into saying what they want them to say while being recorded. Once the injury victim unknowingly says the wrong thing, the value of their case instantly plummets.
An example would be an insurance adjuster may ask you how you’re doing today. If you reflexively respond “fine” without thinking, they can twist that innocent little one-word response into evidence that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.
As you can see, the insurance companies can take any little thing you say and use it to minimize the value of your claim. They will try to trick you into saying things that imply you were partially at fault for your accident. They will try to trick you into saying things that imply your injuries aren’t as bad as you’re claiming.
So, one of the most important reasons you need to hire a lawyer to handle your personal injury case involving a driver with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit is so your lawyer can talk with the insurance companies for you. This way you don’t have to worry about incriminating yourself and can simply focus on recovering from being hurt. We know all of the tricks up the insurance companies’ sleeves. We won’t fall for them. You can let us handle all communications with insurance companies as well as every other aspect of your case.
What Compensation Is Available After Being Hurt By A Drunk Driver?
If you have been injured in an auto accident involving a drunk driver, you may qualify for financial compensation for:
You’re probably already facing medical bills if you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a drunk driver. Your injuries might also be so bad that you need more treatment in the future, which will create yet more bills. We can help you recover compensation for any past medical bills and any future medical bills related to your drunk driving accident.
A DUI accident victim will often miss time from work after their accident. Sometimes they’re hurt too badly to work. Sometimes they need time off to get their injuries treated. Whatever the case, if you’ve lost wages because of your accident, we can help you recover those wages.
Loss Of Earning Capacity
Sometimes those hurt in accidents involving impaired drivers are hurt so badly they can’t ever work again. Sometimes drunk driving accident victims can still work after the accident, but they can’t ever work in the field they used to again. If you’ve suffered a loss or reduction of your earning capacity due to your drunk driving accident, we can help you recover financial compensation for it.
Severely damaged and totaled vehicles are a common result of accidents involving intoxicated drivers. Sometimes property inside a vehicle at the time of the accident is also damaged or destroyed. We can help you recover compensation for any property damage you suffered in your drunk driving accident.
Pain And Suffering
Drunk driving accidents often involve very severe injuries because drunk drivers often drive at a very high speed. These severe injuries can lead to immense physical pain and mental suffering, and we can help you recover compensation for any pain and suffering that results from your DUI accident.
It would be better if fatal car accidents never occurred, but they do occur, and commonly so when drunk driving is involved. If you have lost a loved one to a drunk driving accident, we can file a wrongful death claim on your behalf. The families of those lost to fatal drunk driving accidents may be able to recover compensation for their loved one’s medical bills, pain, suffering, burial costs and funeral costs. They might also be able to recover compensation for the loss of their loved ones’ income, companionship, love and household services.
How Can Nadrich & Cohen Help Me?
We can help you by providing numerous services which are valuable, such as:
- Investigating your drunk driving accident, gathering evidence and making a determination as to who is liable for the accident
- Representing your best interests while negotiating with insurance companies
- Putting together a strong, convincing case and standing up for your legal rights in court if it is necessary
- Performing an accurate assessment of your damages and seeking full, fair compensation
- Guiding you every step of the way through the whole legal process
- Answering any questions you have and giving you support while you go through a difficult time
Don’t Wait – Call Today
There is a time limit to file personal injury claims in California. That time limit is two years from the date of the accident. This time limit is called a statute of limitations.
Failure to file a claim in time can forever bar you from recovering compensation for your injuries.
In addition, you shouldn’t expect the best results possible if you wait until the very last moment to call a lawyer. Calling us today gives us the best opportunity to put together a convincing case on your behalf and make sure all paperwork is filed in time.
Call us today for a free consultation. We can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering and more. Remember, we won’t charge a fee unless we win your case. Call us today.