Will criminal DUI impact damage compensation awards in Long Beach?

California – January 23, 2023

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) one person dies every 45 minutes in drunk driving crashes.  A Long Beach California dui accident lawyer will use evidence gathered by scene reconstruction professionals, police reports, medical reports and property valuations to build a case for damage awards, especially when criminal charges support fault identifying a reckless act by a driver and their responsibility toward the accident victims.

Accident liability.

Car insurance is a requirement for California drivers and provides a means to cover costs related to harmful losses resulting from a car accident recognizing the responsibility for any part of negligent acts that lead to injury of another person. Insurance compensation is adjusted in accordance with the percentage of fault assigned to each driver.  California injury lawyers can assist victims with the valuation of damages after an accident that will usually include economic and non-economic damages and the possibility of punitive damages for individual cases when criminal DUI is involved.

Impaired driving penalties.

 Penalties for impaired driving can include driver’s license revocation, vehicle interlock devices, fines, and jail time, while criminal charges may range from misdemeanors to felony offenses. Insurance companies will impose some responsibility onto the driver after an arrest for a DUI offense that results in a car accident.  Claim payments may not cover the costs if the driver is held responsible for compensation to address all harms that they have caused to other roadway drivers.

Case building documentation.

Police reports are valuable documents to support accident claims when criminal charges are imposed for drunk driving.  Accident victims should undertake medical screening regardless of obvious personal injury as diagnostic testing may reveal internal and invisible injuries. Medical personnel must run diagnostic testing to determine if the accident victim has been cleared of these injuries.  Traumatic brain injury, concussions, or other brain conditions should be ruled out after a car accident to prevent further harmful losses to the victim.  A personal injury lawyer will use these reports to build a case for damage award amounts.

Hire an attorney.

Seek legal counsel at the Neumann Law Group where an experience dui accident lawyer can win a personal injury lawsuit against a drunk driver after proving they were liable for injuries based on their negligent action of driving while intoxicated.  Accident attorneys will assist with the completion of insurance and legal documents toward the recovery of damages.

The Neumann Law Group

633 W 5th St 28th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Phone: (213) 277-0001
Fax: (231) 221-0051



  1. https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving
  2. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/vehicle-registration/insurance-requirements/
  3. Law section (ca.gov)
  4. Statewide Ignition Interlock Device Pilot Program – California DMV
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