Carlsbad Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
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.
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.
Drunk Driving Statistics:
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.
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 and drugged driving also account for a significant percentage of both fatal and non-fatal California car accidents. Below is a chart showing the five-year trend of all California intoxicated driving accidents:
- 1,075 fatal crashes
- 16,060 injury crashes
- 1,053 fatal crashes
- 16,821 injury crashes
- 1,023 fatal crashes
- 17,604 injury crashes
- 1,118 fatal crashes
- 18,987 injury crashes
- 1,167 fatal crashes
- 18,569 injury crashes
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. While many of these drivers end up making it home safely, their reckless decision to drive under the influence puts everyone on the road at risk.
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.
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.
Common Injuries in Carlsbad DUI Accidents
In some ways, DUI accidents are no different from other types of California car accidents. However, when it comes to the type and extent of common injuries after a DUI accident, there are a few differences. Drunk driving accidents are more likely to involve high speeds and direct impact. Drunk drivers suffer from impaired judgment and decreased reaction time, meaning there are frequently no last-minute efforts made to avoid the crash. This leads to some of the most serious accidents.
A few of the common types of injuries in Carlsbad drunk driving accidents include:
Head and Brain Injuries
Extreme forces are involved in car accidents that can cause severe damage to the brain, including a traumatic brain injury. Head injuries are of special concern because they do not always result in symptoms. Often, an injured motorist will experience a headache, dizziness or nausea after an accident, and it is normal to attribute this to the stress of the accident. However, these symptoms could also be the early signs of a traumatic brain injury.
Back and Spine Injuries
The spinal cord is a soft, gel-like structure responsible for sending nerve impulses throughout the body. In a drunk driving accident, the collision force can cause the spine’s bones to fracture or break, placing added pressure on the spinal cord. In serious cases, this can lead to paralysis. Drunk driving accidents can also damage the spinal discs, which act as small cushions between the vertebrae. This can lead to herniated, bulging, and ruptures discs.
There is a tremendous force involved in a drunk driving accident, easily enough to break almost any bone in the human body. Due to a motorist’s seated position in the car, the following are the most commonly broken bones:
- The vertebrae
- The clavicle
- The pelvic bone
- The bones in the leg
- The skull
- The Facial bones
- The breastbone
- The bones in the arm and hand
Burns, Lacerations, and other Skin Injuries
Often referred to as superficial injuries, burns, lacerations, contusions and other skin-related injuries are anything but minor. While some of these injuries will heal over time, in other situations, an accident victim is left with permanent loss of function or disfigurement.
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.
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.
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; and
- The drunk driver’s breach of the duty owed to the victim was the legal cause of their injuries.
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 and look forward to meeting with you to discuss how we can help.
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. This 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
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.
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. 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. And in most cases, we even advance the costs.
If you've been injured in any type of vehicle collision we want to hear your story and ensure that you recover maximum compensation.