Drunk driving accidents needlessly cause thousands of injuries each year in California and throughout the United States. According to one study, alcohol was responsible for more than half of traffic fatalities in California. Indeed, that same year, more than 33,000 people were injured in auto accidents caused by drunk drivers. If you or someone you know was injured or killed in a vehicle accident and one or more of the drivers was intoxicated, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
In California, driving with a blood alcohol content (“BAC”) of .08% or greater is illegal. Most of the time, depending on a person’s weight, a person drinks more than they think they have and reaches that illegal limit quickly — and still gets behind the wheel. Federal statistics for fatal car accidents from 1994 through 2008 shows that even a small amount of alcohol (.01%) in the bloodstream, or half a beer, can increase accident severity significantly. The study found that even where people consumed a low level of alcohol and considered themselves “buzzed,” accidents were more severe. The more alcohol in the bloodstream, the faster the drivers went. And, these drivers were more likely to hit another vehicle and were less likely to wear a seat belt.Details