Drinking alcohol significantly impairs a driver’s ability to safely
operate a vehicle. It slows reaction time, lowers alertness, and impairs judgment.
In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes,
according to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This amounts to one fatality every 51 minutes. The statistics are just
as sobering in California. In total, 1,169 people were killed in alcohol-involved
crashes in California in 2012, which represented a 7.3 percent increase
over the prior year.
While drunk driving is a safety concern year round, accidents tend to increase
during certain times of year. Around certain holidays, many drivers have
too much to drink and fail to plan for alternative transportation before
the festivities begin. Below are the five most dangerous holidays to be
on the road, three of which takes place during the summer months:
- New Year’s Day
- Independence Day
- Memorial Day
- Labor Day
Under California law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood
alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. Drivers charged with
drinking and driving face significant penalties, including financial penalties,
license revocation, and jail time.
drunk drivers cause San Diego car accidents, injury victims and their families are entitled to pursue compensation
through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Even when prosecutors
are seeking criminal charges, a drunk driver can still be held financially
accountable for his or her reckless driving. Compensation may include
payments for medical expenses, lost wages, physical impairment, and other
forms of pain and suffering.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a California car
accident caused by an impaired driver, don’t hesitate to contact
a personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free
consultation. Relying on more than 30 years of legal experience, we are
dedicated to protecting the rights of California injury victims.