Given the huge body of evidence about the impacts of driving under the influence that has been around since man started drinking and driving, there is absolutely no reason why somebody should get behind the wheel after any amount of alcohol. Every drunk driving accident is completely preventable. And that also means that every drunk driving accident is tragic.
Despite significant penalties if a driver is drunk and gets into an accident, along with how dramatically life changing drunk driving accidents in Newport Beach can be, people still put themselves and the lives of others in peril when they drink and drive.
One in Three Traffic Deaths in The United States Is Due to a Drunk Driver
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the National Highway Safety Administration, more than 10,000 Californians were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver from 2003 to 2012. Although deaths in California are below the national average, even a single preventable death is unacceptable. Overall, another 25,000 people are injured in traffic accidents each year in California that involve drunk drivers.
For victims of drunk drivers in California, there are legal options that can be pursued. Drunk driving is always a criminal offense, and the courts in California are designed to help give rights to these types of victims so that they can be compensated for a loss of income, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other related claims. Retaining a lawyer experienced in drunk driving accidents as soon as possible is critical to gaining a maximum settlement for your losses.
A lawyer is even more valuable in cases where a defendant may face enhancements that can turn their case into a felony. These instances may include cases where bodily harm took place, driving while transporting children or if a defendant has multiple previous convictions for drunk driving offenses.
Roberts Law Firm serves clients in the California cities of Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana, Irvine, Anaheim, and Riverside as well as serving clients throughout Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.