Drunk Driving Accidents and the Holidays

Not surprisingly, the odds of getting into an auto accident increase when there are more cars on the road (such as during rush hour) or when driving conditions are less than optimal (say, during rain storms). But when the number of alcohol impaired drivers increases, the odds of a drunk driving related accident skyrocket.

Alcohol consumption and holiday driving

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at certain times of the year, such as summers and holidays, the numbers of deaths caused by drunk drivers increases dramatically. During the Christmas season, for example, an average of 45 fatalities involving an alcohol-impaired driver occurred each day, and soared to 54 per day over New Year’s.

Motorcyclists and “Riding” Under the Influence

Drunk driving is a problem year round, and particularly during the holiday season. Recent reports show that over 16,000 people were injured in drunk driving accidents in California in one year. That number is far too high. Drunk driving puts not only the driver’s life at risk, but it also increases the risk of injury or death to other motorists.

And drunk driving isn’t just for automobiles. Recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that drunk driving deaths involving motorcycles are on the rise and that motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes are 2.5 times more likely to have consumed alcohol than passenger vehicle drivers.. Indeed, motorcyclists have the highest percentage of alcohol-related deaths — about 46% of riders killed in accidents, according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), have alcohol in their system at the time of their death.

Drunk Driving Consquences

Barry P. Goldberg Donates to LAPD Devonshire PALS

San Fernando Valley, California – Attorney Barry P. Goldberg donated $1,000 to the Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire PALS Youth Program as part of his law firm’s December Charity Donate-a-Thon.

The Greg Smith LAPD Devonshire Youth Center is a safe and welcoming environment where children of the Northwest community can attend after school programs, interact with police officers and learn valuable life skills. The staff, volunteers, and police officers who work at the center are committed to teaching our youth leadership, integrity and character. The program includes access to computer labs, sports programs, tutoring opportunities, mentoring and more. Mr. Goldberg was overwhelmed by the organization and its focus, sharing that it offers “all the things we take for granted as parents that we forget are not available to the less fortunate—safe place to go after school. Abundant study resources. Tons of desirable programs like guitar lessons, sports, advanced art classes.

Smart Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Responsible, safe driving is taught in driver education courses across the state, however accidents still happen. While most motorists drive within the legal speed limit and otherwise the rules of the road, it only takes one “bad apple” so to speak to cause an auto accident.

Have you ever been involved in a bad car accident? Driven by a multi-car crash on the 101? Or seen a bus accident on the news? There is no doubt an auto collision is an emotionally exhausting and stressful situation for all parties involved. What’s worse is that if the parties do not take the appropriate steps after the accident, the situation can easily get out of control. Fortunately, there are experienced auto accident attorneys who can assist you and your loved ones during this challenging time.

The Injured Should Be Assisted First

What to Do When Injured In Accident By An Uninsured Motorist

It only seems fair that the injured party in an auto accident receive full compensation. However, in California, about 1 in 8 drivers are uninsured, meaning if you or a loved one were injured in an accident that was caused by an uninsured driver, the at fault driver does not have insurance coverage to pay for your damages.

Not surprisingly, individuals who choose to drive without being covered — uninsured motorists — create problems for those who do follow the law and have insurance. Indeed, injured drivers won’t receive any compensation if they file a personal injury claim against an uninsured motorist.

Do no despair, however, there is hope: your own insurance coverage. If you are involved in an accident with a driver who does not have insurance, you can file a claim under your own uninsured motorist coverage.

How Does Uninsured Motorist Coverage Work?

Qualities to Look for in A Personal Injury Lawyer

If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, whether it was an auto accident, slip and fall accident, or dog bite accident, you may been wondering if you need to hire an attorney to help you file your claim. The answer: not always. Read this post to learn more about when hiring a personal injury attorney is the best choice for your accident claim.

If you’ve decided to seek legal counsel, selecting one personal injury lawyer over another can be a frustrating task, especially if this is your first time hiring an attorney. Like many accident victims, you will want a professional who has the experience and expertise in getting clients the best possible compensation.

Make sure that your lawyer has the following qualities: