Drunk driving accidents are often devastating for victims and families. These accidents could often be preventable if a driver wasn’t under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The good news is that victims of such accidents have legal avenues to pursue justice and compensation.

Because the state of California takes a strong position against drunk driving, it allows victims and families to claim punitive damages for injuries and deaths arising from a drunk driving accident.

Need counsel following your accident? Call Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook at (925) 275-5592.


Like other serious car crashes, drunk driving accidents cause catastrophic injuries such as:

Victims may even be disabled for life, requiring ongoing medical care and rehabilitation. They may be unable to work again—their lives may be forever changed due to a drunk driver.


At Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook, our legal team develops strong cases on behalf of clients seriously injured in drunk driving accidents. We have successfully obtained many large verdicts and settlements for people injured in such cases.


Our drunk driving accident lawyers know how to identify the party or parties at fault to ensure maximum compensation is recovered for our clients. In many cases, individuals believe only the individual who was behind the wheel can be held accountable.

However, there may be numerous parties at fault for the accident, including:

  • The driver who was under the influence
  • The bar owner or bartender who allowed the individual to drive
  • A friend or vehicle owner who allowed the individual to drive
  • The employer of a commercial driver who ignored past mistakes or problems

If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, the Bay Area accident lawyers at Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook stand ready to help.

We are well-versed in navigating these complex accidents and identifying the party at fault for your damages. We can fight for the just compensation you need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages.


Drunk drivers continue to cause catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths because they ignore California’s strict laws against drunken driving. The damage caused by an average car accident can be compounded when one driver is not able to respond or react properly due to being under the influence.

Thankfully, injury victims can pursue punitive damages to ensure the driver not only learns their lesson but is made an example to help prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.

  • Punitive damages in drunk driving accidents can be substantial; they are supposed to deter people from opening the car door and driving off while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

These damages are intended to further hold the driver accountable and essentially “punish” them for their grossly reckless actions by awarding the injury victim additional compensation.

The amount of punitive damages awarded can depend on numerous factors, such as:

  • The extent of the injuries involved
  • The driver’s record
  • The severity of the accident

There is help available for victims or loved ones who have been impacted by drunk driving. Our Walnut Creek drunk driving lawyers stand ready to advocate for individuals who have been hurt or lost a loved one due to an intoxicated driver. We are proud to serve residents throughout our local community, representing clients in Contra Costa County since 1979.

We are passionate about helping individuals just like you. Call our firm at (925) 275-5592 to set up a free consultation.