Law enforcement officers continue to investigate a tragic accident involving a scooter in Carlsbad, CA. According to a Fox 5 news report, a 19-year old woman severed her arm when she crashed her scooter into a traffic sign at the intersection of Hemingway Drive and Cannon Road in the early hours of June 29. She was transported to the hospital with the severed limb. A witness said that the young woman was speeding at the time of the collision. Law enforcement officers believe alcohol may have also been a factor in the crash.
Alcohol and Motor Vehicles Do Not Mix
The good news is that the rate of alcohol-impaired accident fatalities in California is lower than the national average. Of the five states with the highest traffic fatality rates, California had the best rate for 2013. During 2014, 882 people died in DUI accidents in California. However, even one life lost due to a drunk driving accident is one life too many.
For the families of DUI accident victims, the consequences of another person’s choice to drink and to drive can be extremely high. For those who survive a DUI accident, the injuries they sustain can alter their lives forever. In many cases, the drunk driver walks away from the crash with minor injuries while the other driver and/or passengers face months or years of painful medical treatments and life-changing adjustments.
Have You Been Injured in a DUI Accident?
If you have been injured due to another driver’s negligent, careless, and reckless choices, you have rights. Under California’s personal injury laws, you can hold a drunk driver responsible for damages including but not limited to:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future loss of income, bonuses, and benefits
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain, emotional suffering, and mental anguish
- Disfigurement, scarring, and permanent disabilities
- Property damage
- Funeral, burial, and/or cremation expenses
Even though the law provides for a monetary remedy for victims of vehicle accidents, you need a car accident injury lawyer to protect your rights against aggressive insurance companies. Insurance companies fight hard to pay as little as possible to settle an accident claim. You deserve to have a car accident injury lawyer who fights even harder to protect your best interest.
Put a former insurance company lawyer on your side.
Gordon R. Levinson worked for some of the largest insurance companies in America. He uses the knowledge he learned about insurance defense to protect the rights of grieving families and injury victims. You also need a reliable accident law firm that returns your calls and treats you as if you were its only client. You need a support system to handle the red tape, the insurance adjusters, the police, the hospital, the auto body shops, and many other parties and entities of interest. The Levinson Law Group can do this and more to support you after a DUI accident.
We accept cases on a contingent fee. That means that if there is no recovery in your case you pay no fee. And in most cases, we even advance the costs. For your free consultation call (760) 642-5475 today.
Steps to Take After a DUI Accident
If you are injured in a DUI accident, the steps you take after the accident are very important.
First, obtain immediate medical attention. Your health and well-being are your top priority. If possible, get as much information from the accident scene including photographs, witness statements, the other driver’s information, and contact information for eyewitnesses.
Second, contact The Levinson Law Group to schedule a free consultation. The insurance company for the other driver may try to convince you that you can settle the claim without an attorney. An insurance adjuster may try to convince you that you will receive more money if you do not hire an attorney. Do not be fooled by this insurance tactic. It is always in your best interest to consult a car accident injury lawyer before you speak to anyone regarding your crash, including an insurance company.