Have you or a loved one been hurt due to another’s decision to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink?
Have you been forced to miss work because of your injuries? Are you now facing the reality of paying for thousands of dollars in medical bills? If so, you need a seasoned attorney who can help you through the recovery process. An attorney who has extensive experience handling Carlsbad drunk driving accidents. An attorney who is not interested in selling you on bringing a case, but who is interested in helping you move on with your life after the accident.
We Only Handle Car Accident Cases
This experience and focus gives us an unparalleled knowledge of what goes into these cases.
At The Levinson Law Group, we work with clients who have been seriously injured in drunk driving accidents. We recognize the challenges car accident victims face throughout the recovery process and best serve you and your family. We only handle car accident cases. To learn more about your options, give The Levinson Law Group a call. 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.
Injuries & Deaths from Drunk Driving Accidents
In 2016, nearly 10,500 people died in drunk driving crashes across the country. That year, drunk driving fatalities accounted for 28 percent of all traffic-related fatalities.
Each day, 29 people in the United States die in drunk driving accidents. This amounts to one death every 50 minutes.
Marijuana users were about 25% more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use. Nationwide, it is estimated that 13 percent of all motorists have marijuana in their system. This figure is likely higher in California, where medical and recreational marijuana is legal.
Drunk Driving Injury Trends
Drunk and drugged driving also account for a significant percentage of both fatal and non-fatal California car accidents. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving:
- On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident at some point in their lives.
- Drugs other than alcohol are involved in about 18 percent of all fatal traffic accidents.
- Almost seven percent of those killed in traffic accidents had marijuana in their system.
- Each day, nearly 800 people are injured in drunk driving accidents
According to experts, fatalities from drunk driving cost more than $44 billion per year in economic loss.
Drunk Driving Accidents in San Diego County
In San Diego County, specifically, drunk driving is a particularly serious problem. In 2017, there were 75 fatal intoxicated driving accidents in San Diego County, and another 1,653 intoxicated driving accidents causing injury to one or more people.
The most dangerous month for California drunk driving accidents is December, due in large part due to the holiday season.
The hours between 7 pm and 9 pm are when the highest number of California drunk driving accidents occur.
Why Does Drunk Driving Continue to Plague Southern California?
Everyone who has been through a driver’s education course knows the dangers of drunk driving. Still, thousands of California motorists get behind the wheel every day after having too much to drink.
Drunk drivers claim tens of thousands of lives across the country every year and, at The Levinson Law Group, we believe they should not be able to get away with it.
Over recent decades, lawmakers have tried to curb the rising number of DUI accidents. Despite these efforts, the number of drunk driving accidents continues to increase.
Most believe that those who are the most likely to drive drunk see themselves as above the law or consider themselves better drivers than most. However, this is more a display of a driver’s arrogance than their driving skill.
While many of the drivers who make the decision to drive while intoxicated do end up making it home safely, their reckless decision to drive under the influence put everyone on the road at risk.
One of the most overlooked types of injuries in a drunk driving accident are psychological injuries. A drunk driving accident can be life-changing, and not only due to the physical trauma caused by the accident. Many motorists involved in a drunk driving accident experience depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder caused by the accident.
By working with a skilled attorney familiar with handling drunk driving injury cases, you can increase your chances of successfully recovering compensation. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss how we can help.
Recovering after a Carlsbad DUI Accident
If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, you may be wondering what your options are to hold the drunk driver accountable. Often, police will arrest the drunk driver and charge then with one or more crimes related to the accident. However, a criminal case against the drunk driver will not help anyone injured in an accident. Criminal prosecutions are focused on punishing a drunk driver for violating the law and not helping accident victims recover for their injuries.
Also important to note is that a criminal prosecution is not a prerequisite to a personal injury claim. Thus, if, for whatever reason, the prosecution did not bring charges against the drunk driver, or a jury found the driver not guilty, you can still proceed with a personal injury claim.
At The Levinson Law Group, our dedicated team of Carlsbad car accident lawyers has represented thousands of clients in car accident claims. We have more than 40 years of combined experience helping clients hold drunk drivers accountable.
Damages in a California Car Accident Lawsuit
Before you decide whether to bring a claim against another driver, it is important to know what you could recover by bringing the case. This gives you an idea of what you may be leaving on the table if you choose not to pursue a claim.
Generally, California law allows two broad types of damages in car accident claims: compensatory and punitive.
Compensatory damages, compensate motorists for the injuries they suffered in the crash, both physical and psychological.
Punitive damages, which are relatively rare in California accident cases, focus on punishing an at-fault party for conduct that amounts to malice, oppression, or fraud.
Proving a Carlsbad Drunk Driving Accident Claim
To successfully bring a Carlsbad car accident claim against a drunk driver, you must prove the elements of a negligence claim. In California courts, this requires establishing four elements:
The drunk driver owed the accident victim a legal duty
The drunk driver breached that duty
The accident victim suffered damages
The driver's negligence caused those damages
What to Do After a Southern California DUI Accident
The moments after a Carlsbad drunk driving accident can only be described as a blur. This is a critical time. Regardless of how serious you think your injuries were, it is imperative that you consider the following steps to ensure you get the medical treatment you need and preserve your rights to bring a case against the drunk driver, should you choose to do so.
Report the Accident
The first thing to do after a drunk driving accident is to report the accident. Even if the other driver flees, it is crucial that you remain at the scene and call 911.
Calling 911 accomplishes two things. First, the 911 dispatcher will send emergency medical technicians to ensure that you get treated for serious injuries. Second, when police respond, they will create a police report, which proves that the accident occurred. This can be critical to the success of a personal injury claim.
Document the Scene
After you report the accident, if you are able, conduct your own mini-investigation. While police will also investigate the scene, it is important that you do your part if the police miss anything.
Take photographs of the scene, including the position of all vehicles involved in the accident. You can also photograph any damage to your vehicle and any visible injuries you sustained in the accident.
Get Immediate Medical Attention
In many drunk driving accidents, emergency responders will immediately take you to the hospital. However, even if they do not, and you leave the scene, be sure to get checked out by your primary care provider or at an urgent care clinic. Often, the severity of accident-related injuries is not immediately clear. For example, if you hit your head in the accident, you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury, even if you are not exhibiting any symptoms. Seeing a doctor not only ensures you get the treatment you need but also serves as proof of the severity of your injuries.
Contact a Carlsbad Car Accident Lawyer
Once you are ready, reach out to a dedicated car accident lawyer to discuss your options. You may not have decided whether you want to pursue a case against the drunk driver, and that is okay. However, before making any decision about bringing a claim, you should at least be informed about the process, your rights, and what you could recover.
After a drunk driving accident, it’s common to have questions. At The Levinson Law Group, we are here to help you find the answers and guide you in the right direction.
Contact a Respected Carlsbad Drunk Driving Car Accident Attorney for Immediate Assistance
When you decide to work with The Levinson Law Group, you can rest assured that you will have someone in your corner throughout the entire process. We begin by explaining the recovery process in understandable terms and make ourselves available to answer your questions whenever they come up.
If you or a loved one recently suffered injuries in a Southern California drunk driving accident, give the dedicated personal injury lawyers at The Levinson Law Group a call. We are not like other injury attorneys. We will not try to “sell” you on our services or convince you to bring a claim by waving multi-million-dollar verdicts in front of your face. Yes, we have a track record of successfully obtaining large verdicts and settlements for our clients, but to us, it is not just about the money. It is about seeking justice on behalf of our clients and helping them move on with their lives after a traumatic accident. We are here to inform you of your rights so you can make the best decision for your family. If that means you decided to bring a case, great. If you decide it is not for you, we will respect your decision—no questions asked.
To learn more about your options, give The Levinson Law Group a call at 760-840-2304. We accept cases on a contingent fee. That means that if there is no recovery in your case, you pay no fee.