According to Centers for Decease Control and Prevention, Department of Transportation, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in just one calendar year 9,967 people were killed in alcohol related driving crashes. That is thirty-one percent of all traffic related deaths, which is almost one third of all traffic related deaths, in the United States are alcohol related. To put another way, 28 people in the United States die every day in alcohol related car crash.
Similarly, driving under the influence of marijuana has been steadily increasing. Some studies have shown that up to 13% of nighttime and weekend drivers have marijuana in their system.
Law enforcement is doing everything that they can to get intoxicated drivers and drivers driving under the influence of marijuana off the streets. Again in one year alone, 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or a narcotic.
These drunk drivers that cause collision, injuries and sometimes death of innocent people often face serious criminal charges. Criminal courts also may award restitution to the injured individual or the family of the deceased victim.
However, a civil lawsuit is sometimes the only way to recover from the drunk driver for treatment for injury, lost wages, or damage to your car. Your Sacramento auto accident lawyer will help you determine whether you need to file a lawsuit or it may be handled in another way that will avoid litigation.
Your attorney will also help you determine how much time you have before you will claim is waived. You will need a Sacramento auto accident lawyer to help you determine your rights, and the best way to recover everything that you are entitled to.
California residents know that in this busy age, people often complain of not having enough time in the day to complete what they need to do, and one thing that often gets sacrificed is sleep. This, however, can turn very dangerous when combined with driving, as recent statistics reveal.
During the ‘Asleep at the Wheel” forum during National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind shared alarming numbers. According to the numbers shared, between 2001 and 2012, fatigue played a role in 39.5 percent of all major highway investigations conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board. Additionally, fatigue was identified as a contributing factor in 20 percent of all of the NTSB’s major investigations. Rosekind estimates that between 5,000 and 7,000 people lose their lives in car accidents due to drowsy driving each year.
These statistics are also supported by a recent AAA study. In the study, 43 percent of all respondents admitted to having fallen asleep at the wheel at least once. The study revealed that while this is a risk taken by drivers at all age brackets, with about 31.5 percent of drivers admitting to driving while being sleep-deprived within the previous month, drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 seem to have a higher risk of driving while fatigued, with 39.6 percent of these drivers admitting to drowsy driving within the last month.
Drowsy driving can lead to serious accidents, and injured victims often face long recovery periods. A personal injury attorney can often be of assistance in seeking compensation from the negligent driver for medical expenses, lost wages and other applicable damages.
Why anyone would intentionally look away from the road while they are operating a powerful, fast-moving vehicle to check a text message is beyond us, but it happens all the time. Maybe that says more about our obsession with cellphones and other mobile devices than it does about the skills and abilities of drivers; but the two are inextricably connected.
Without getting into a philosophical discussion on this topic, one thing is clear: distracted driving is a problem. States are passing laws and police officers are performing crackdowns, and yet the problem persists. For example, in 2013, there were 3,154 people who died in motor vehicle accidents that involved a distracted driver. Another 424,000 people were injured in those wrecks.
This is just unacceptable, and even though California has passed many laws to address the problem, there are still plenty of distracted driving accidents in the state. So what are those laws that California has passed?
California bans the use of handheld devices for all drivers of all ages. The state also forbids bus drivers and novice drivers (under the age of 18) from using cellphones (even if a hands-free device is utilized). Additionally, California does not allow any driver to text.
Tickets for these offenses can be very expensive, but they pale in comparison to a personal injury lawsuit that could be filed by a victim of a distracted driving accident. If you have been injured in such a wreck, you should consider legal action. A lawsuit could provide you with the compensation you need to get through the recovery process.
Source: Distraction.gov, “State Laws,” Accessed Sept. 16, 2015
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Authorities in California report that a 19-year-old man was taken into custody following a fatal accident in the North Highlands area. Police say that the man ran a red light while speeding and caused the death of a 58-year-old man in the process.
The incident took place on March 20 when a police officer noticed a car speeding on Watt Avenue in North Highlands. The officer stated that 19-year-old driver may have been driving at least twice as fast as the posted speed limit of 45 mph, and though he attempted to intercept the vehicle, he was unable to do so before it reached the red light intersection at which the crash took place.
The victim’s vehicle was pushed onto the yard of a nearby church due to the force of the crash. The 58-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, and a female passenger was injured as well. The 19-year-old was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, evading police and vehicular manslaughter.
In situations such as this, the family of someone killed in a car accident may be entitled to receive compensation for the loss that they have suffered. Although financial restitution cannot be expected to replace the sudden loss of a loved one, it can help provide some stability and support during an especially difficult time.
The surviving family members of the victim of a drunk driving accident can often prevail in a wrongful death lawsuit even if the drunk driver is acquitted on criminal charges. An attorney who has experience with these types of matters can outline the types and amounts of damages that are permitted to be sought.
California native and nationally known musician, Ashley Parker Angel recently talked about the head-on drunk driving collision that seriously injured his parents. The accident happened on Highway 99 in Dairyville at the end of February, and Mr. Angel’s mother remains in Enloe Medical Center receiving treatment for her injuries.
The California Highway Patrol reportedly arrested the 23-year-old man who was driving the other vehicle for suspicion of drunk driving. The accident left Mr. Angel’s father with multiple fractures. His mother’s legs were reportedly crushed in the accident, and she required extrication from the car.
Mr. Angel said his mother has already undergone five surgical operations. He also reported that the treatment and rehabilitation for both of his parents are expected to be ongoing for at least the next year and that his mother may not be able to be discharged from the hospital for months. He stated that he wants people to be aware of the dangers posed by drunk driving and intends to become an advocate working against it.
When intoxicated people get behind the wheel of their vehicles and drive, they risk not only their own lives but also those of the people around them. Injured victims may have to spends months in the hospital racking up exorbitant medical expenses, and in many cases their financial situation is worsened due to an inability to return to gainful employment. A personal injury attorney can often assist a person injured in a drunk driving accident through the filing of a lawsuit against the impaired motorist seeking compensation for these and other losses.
Source: KRCR, “Local celebrity opens up about parents’ crash,” Cristina Davies, March 15, 2016
Whenever anyone talks about drunk driving, it is only natural that the conversation centers on intoxication via alcohol or illegal drugs. For most DUI cases, these two factors will play a role in the driver’s intoxication. But there are other ways that drivers may be, shall we say, “not themselves.” DUIs can be triggered by other means.
One prominent way that someone can be intoxicated or inebriated behind the wheel of a vehicle is by taking prescribed medication. If the medication is abused, or if the medication has particular effects that limit a driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle, then the driver could be held responsible for their negligence.
Sometimes, though, the situation can be even more convoluted. A new report examines one of these situations, taking a look at sleeping pills and how they affect drivers. Now, obviously, taking a sleeping pill and then getting behind the wheel of a car is a negligent and dangerous thing to do. But what if you took a sleeping pill last night, and you’re trying to drive today — well after the effects of the pill are supposed to have worn off?
That situation, according to the study, would still inhibit a driver’s ability. According to the study, drivers who used one of the three top sleeping pill brands the night before were 25 percent to three times as likely to be in an accident the next day. The sleeping pill was still affecting the driver, even though many hours had passed since ingestion and even though it was after the pills effects should have worn off.
Source: NBC News, “Sleeping Pill Use Raises Car Crash Risk, Study Finds,” Maggie Fox, June 11, 2015