Newport Beach DUI Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a DUI accident caused by a drunk driver in Newport Beach, call Bisnar Chase now for a free consultation. Our Newport Beach DUI injury lawyers are experts when it comes to supporting crash victims.
Among the wealthiest communities in the country, Newport Beach in Orange County, California, is a beautiful beach town packed with stylish bars and pubs. Unfortunately, far too many choose to get behind the wheel after drinking, and the number of DUIs in Newport Beach are worryingly high.
A DUI crash can easily result in an innocent victim suffering serious injuries. If you or a loved one have been hurt, you can turn to the Newport Beach DUI attorneys of Bisnar Chase. We can help you secure the justice and compensation you deserve.
Types of DUI Cases
The DUI laws in California are applied to anyone who is driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. This means that a DUI accident refers to a collision involving at least one drunk or drugged driver.
Note: Authorities may also refer to a case as a DUID. This refers specifically to a person driving while under the influence of drugs.
To be guilty of an alcohol-related DUI, a driver has to exceed the legal blood/alcohol limit. This is specific to the state they are in. In California, the blood/alcohol content limit is:
- 0.08% for drivers aged 21+
- 0.01% for drivers aged under 21
The Newport Beach DUI accident lawyers of Bisnar Chase have handled all kinds of cases involving drunk drivers. These can include:
- Car accidents involving two or more vehicles
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Pedestrian accidents involving a vehicle and someone on foot
- Hit and runs
If any of these accident types involve a drunk driver, they would count as a DUI. Anyone who has been hurt in one of these DUI crash types should contact a DUI lawyer in Newport Beach as soon as possible.
Bisnar Chase – DUI Victim Attorneys
Here at Bisnar Chase, we pride ourselves on being top-quality personal injury lawyers. As such, we work solely with the victims of DUI cases.
Other law firms take on criminal cases and provide specialist criminal defense lawyers to work on DUI defenses. That is not what we do. We are not criminal defense attorneys who work at getting DUI charges dismissed.
We work with victims who have been hurt due to the actions of a drunk driver.
Getting behind the wheel when you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a very bad idea. Anyone who drinks and drives does so knowing that they could cause a serious accident. This is because driving under the influence can cause:
- Blurred vision
- Slow reaction times
- Lack of coordination
- Loss of concentration
- An inability to make rational decisions
We work closely with DUI victims in Newport Beach to help ensure that they are properly compensated for any injuries and damage inflicted upon them by a drunk driver.
DUI Accident Statistics
The stats can make for scary reading when it comes to DUI accidents in Newport Beach.
In 2018 there were 429 DUI arrests in Newport, and those are just the drunk drivers who were caught. This represents a rise of nearly 50% in DUI arrests over just the last three years – a huge and frightening increase. It is also reasonable to believe that many more would have driven while drunk and escaped punishment.
In addition to drunk driving arrests, there were 818 reported drug abuse violations in 2018, as well as a further 450 arrests for drunkenness. How many of those revelers would have driven home after a day or night of drinking?
According to the CDC:
- There is an average of 29 deaths due to car crashes involving a drunk driver every single day in the U.S.
- DUI crashes cause nearly 30% of all traffic-related fatalities across the United States
- There were more than one million DUI arrests in 2016
- Local police statistics show that the number of DUI arrests in Newport Beach has risen by nearly 50% between 2015-2018
- A DMV study shows that there is an annual average of 17,117 reckless driving convictions involving alcohol or drugs in California
Common Injuries Sustained by Drunk Driving Victims
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can lead to extremely dangerous scenarios on the road. It is not uncommon for DUI drivers to be swerving, speeding, or driving erratically, due to the effects of the substance they have consumed.
The injuries a person can sustain in a DUI accident can vary hugely. It can depend on how fast the offending car was going, where it hit you, and whether you were in a vehicle with some protection, or perhaps on a bicycle or on foot.
Some of the frighteningly common injuries our DUI accident lawyers have seen include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries including organ damage
- Emotional suffering and trauma
A high-impact collision can have a major and life-altering impact on a DUI victim. Some crashes can leave victims paralyzed and struggling to do tasks which they would once have found simple. Even relatively minor injuries can result in serious ongoing pain and lengthy rehab.
A knowledgeable DUI attorney in Newport Beach can help victims hold a drunk driver responsible for their actions.
How Much Compensation Can You Get From a DUI Lawsuit?
The amount of compensation a DUI accident victim could get through a legal claim can vary. It will depend on a wide range of factors, including how bad their injuries are, and the long-term effects the crash may have on them.
Compensation factors include:
- Type of injury
- Medical costs
- Emotional trauma and mental anguish
- Costs relating to ongoing rehab and care
- Property damage
- Loss of life
When you contact Bisnar Chase, one of our Newport Beach DUI injury attorneys will be able to assess your case and help you fight for the most compensation possible.
What Evidence do you Need in a Newport Beach DUI Lawsuit?
You can help your Newport Beach DUI attorney build the strongest case possible for you by assembling a few key pieces of evidence.
- The police report from the DUI accident
- Medical reports and proof of costs relating to your injuries
- Pictures and/or video footage from the accident and the scene
- Pictures of your injuries
- A first-hand account of the crash
- Eye-witness statements and contact details
In some cases, legal claims can take longer than we would like. Assembling a strong range of evidence relating to your case will help your lawyer to get things moving quickly.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Newport Beach DUI Lawyer?
A lot of people are put off from trying to take legal action, even if they are the victim of a serious DUI crash, due to the perception that it is expensive to hire a lawyer.
With Bisnar Chase, that is not the case. If you are the victim of a DUI accident, we strongly believe that finances should not stand between you and justice.
We advance all costs by offering a 'No Win, No Fee' guarantee to our clients. This means that our law firm takes care of the expenses involved in taking a lawsuit forward. We pledge to cover all reasonable case-related expenses, which could include everything from filing fees to expert testimony if a case goes to trial.
The 'No Win, No Fee' system ensures that our clients do not pay for our services unless we win their case. We see this as an essential service. It makes our significant legal skills and resources available to everyone and allows our Newport Beach DUI accident attorneys to help those who need it most.
Bisnar Chase: Top-Rated DUI Attorneys Based in Newport Beach
Our law firm has been based in Newport Beach for more than 40 years, since its formation in 1978. Since then, Bisnar Chase has gone from strength to strength, handling thousands of cases and helping plenty of DUI injury victims.
Our attorneys are known for their tenacity and dedication to our clients. We are proud to be a part of the Newport Beach community and have worked hard to represent local residents, earning a reputation for success.
There are plenty of personal injury attorneys out there, but we believe in our ability to provide superior representation, along with a personal touch.
Some of our honors include:
- Top Avvo Rated Lawyers
- Top-rated SuperLawyers
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
- Members of the American Board of Trial Advocates
- NADC Top 1% Lawyers Nationwide
How to Find the Best DUI Attorneys Near You
It is important to work with an attorney who you can trust, and who understands your case. This is especially true for a DUI injury victim. If you have been hurt due to the actions of a drunk driver, you need a DUI lawyer in Newport Beach who is going to ease the burden on your shoulders while you focus on recovery.
It is always a good idea to do your research on a potential attorney before hiring them, making sure they are a good fit for your case.
The best Newport Beach DUI lawyer or firm for your case will:
- Have worked on similar cases with a track record of success
- Have an excellent reputation
- Be willing to go to trial if that is the best option for the case
- Offer a 'No Win, No Fee' guarantee to protect their clients
- Be easy to communicate with
- Be flexible and responsive to the needs and wishes of their client
Bisnar Chase ticks these boxes. Our successful lawyers are expert negotiators and always strive to secure the best settlement offers possible for their clients.
However, sometimes the best choice is to go to trial, and our attorneys are equally comfortable in the courtroom. Just as importantly, they are easy to keep in touch with – unlike many lawyers – and are always responsive to the client's needs.
Bisnar Chase: Superior Representation
If you are in need of a top-rated DUI accident lawyer in Newport Beach, look no further than Bisnar Chase. We are dedicated to helping our clients and have a track record of achieving great results.
Over the last four decades, our firm has developed a 96% success rate, while collecting more than $500 million for our clients.
If you are looking for a nearby Newport Beach DUI lawyer, or need an attorney to handle a case in or around the 92660 area, we want to help.