Drunk Driving Accidents
Experienced Car Accident Attorneys Serving the Greater Sacramento Area
At Caraway Injury Attorneys, we provide compassionate legal assistance to clients injured in drunk driving accidents. Sadly, these accidents often lead to serious injuries or even death for those involved. Our firm fights to hold drunk drivers responsible for their reckless actions, and we can work hard to find effective legal strategies for your case. Whatever your situation, we can talk with you to determine a course of action and represent you from start to finish. For compassionate and aggressive representation by our Greater Sacramento car accident lawyers, call us today at (916) 655-5555.
Drunk Driving Statistics in the United States
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it is estimated that more than 13,000 people die each year from drunk driving crashes in the United States. The damages from these accidents cost more than $52 billion each year. Furthermore, approximately 1/3 of all driving accidents in the nation are caused by alcohol impairment, and drunk driving is the leading cause of death in teens between the ages of 16 and 24.
Laws Regarding Drunk Driving
In all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, it is illegal to drive with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. BAC is measured with a breathalyzer or blood test. By law, police officers are allowed to pull over anyone exhibiting unsafe driving habits, such as weaving across lanes, speeding, running red lights, or committing some other traffic offense.
Understanding the Effects of Alcohol
When a person drinks alcohol, it is absorbed directly through the stomach wall and small intestine. It builds up in the blood stream until being processed by the liver, and its weight in a certain volume of blood is used to determine the level of impairment of the driver. This is known as the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).
Drunk drivers may experience a variety of symptoms, including:
- Decreased concentration
- Blurred vision
- Reduced coordination and reaction time
- Loss of concentration and short-term memory
- Decreased auditory processing
- Impaired ability to maintain brake and steering control
Driving under the influence of alcohol is incredibly dangerous. Impaired drivers do not have the ability to make accurate judgments regarding road conditions and traffic patterns. Furthermore, they may not react to traffic signals and other vehicles on the road in time to prevent an accident.
In order to avoid a wreck and help keep others safe, drivers must never drink and drive. Even one little drink that keeps a person’s BAC well within the legal limit may contribute to a crash. In 2014, it was reported that nearly 2,000 people were killed in drunk driving accidents where the driver had a BAC under 0.08%. Instead of endangering the lives of others, drivers should call a friend, take a taxi or Uber, and commit to driving sober at all times.
Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries
In order to pursue compensation against a drunk driver, it is important to gather evidence to build your case. This may include police reports, breathalyzer or blood test reports, eyewitness testimonies, and other types of documentation. Whatever your situation, our Greater Sacramento car accident attorneys can investigate the incident and represent your case in court as you seek the compensation you deserve.
Depending on the situation, you may be able to receive a financial settlement for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property and vehicle damage
- Punitive damages
- Emotional trauma
Drunk drivers must be held responsible for breaking the law, as well as threatening the safety and wellbeing of other drivers and pedestrians. California law imposes strict penalties on people convicted of drunk driving. These include license revocation or suspension, heavy fines, prison time, community service, and mandatory rehabilitation programs.
Call Our Greater Sacramento Car Accident Lawyers Today at (916) 655-5555
At Caraway Injury Attorneys, we strive to provide effective, personal legal services to victims of drunk driving accidents. If you have been injured in a car crash, we can talk with you throughout the legal process and discuss your options for pursuing compensation. Our firm cares about each client, and we can do our best to handle the legal issues so you can focus on healing. We have aggressively represented numerous clients against large insurance companies, and our attorneys can use a variety of legal strategies to help you seek a financial settlement for your injuries.
Contact us today for a free consultation.