Were you hit by a drunk driver? Are you still suffering from the injuries you sustained in the accident? Are you concerned about your ability to return to work and support your family? These are all common questions among San Diego drunk driving accident victims. If these questions resonate with you, you need an attorney who knows how to hold drunk drivers accountable for their actions. You need a lawyer who can effectively deal with the insurance company, so you do not have to. You need a law firm that can identify the full extent of your damages, so you are not left paying for expenses that resulted from another’s decision to drive drunk.
We are The Levinson Law Group, a respected San Diego car accident law firm with extensive experience representing injured drivers in drunk driving accidents. Unlike many other law firms in the area, we only handle car accident claims, which gives us unparalleled knowledge and experience of what goes into these 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:
According to the most recently available data from the California Highway Patrol, in 2017:
- 227,160 people were injured in 193,564 non-fatal California car accidents.
- 3,904 people were killed in 3,582 fatal California car accidents; and
This is an increase from the previous year, in which there were 3,854 people were killed in 3,552 fatal California car accidents, and 280,020 people were injured in 195,347 non-fatal California car accidents.
In 2016, there were 1,059 people killed in California drunk driving accidents. This represents more than a 27 percent increase from the number of drunk driving deaths in 2012.
- 640 of these fatalities were drivers and passengers of motor vehicles;
- 162 of these fatalities were motorcyclists; and
- 141 of these fatalities were pedestrians and bicyclists.
Between 2003 and 2012, more than 10,300 people were killed in California drunk driving accidents.
Drivers between the ages of 21 and 34 are the most likely to drive drunk.
1.8 percent of California motorists admit to occasionally driving under the influence of alcohol. This figure is slightly lower than the national average of 1.9 percent.
Of the more than 3,600 traffic-related fatalities in California during 2016, more than 29 percent involved a driver who had a blood-alcohol content over the legal limit. However, police only reported drivers’ blood-alcohol content in less than 24 percent of all fatal traffic accidents, meaning the actual number of drunk driving fatalities is likely much higher.
Almost half of all California drunk driving accidents occur between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.
The most common types of drunk driving accidents in California are:
- Colliding with an object;
- Rear-ending another vehicle;
- Broadside accidents;
- Rollovers; and
- Head-on collisions.
In 2018, more than 10 percent of all drunk driving deaths in the country occurred in California.
While drunk driving fatalities decreased overall across the United States between 2009 and 2018, the rate of California drunk driving deaths increased by over eight percent over the period.
Almost 70 percent of all drunk driving deaths involved a driver with a blood-alcohol content of .15 or more.
In 2018, more than 127,000 people were arrested for drunk driving in California.
More than 22 percent of drunk drivers who cause a fatal car accident have previously been convicted of a drunk driving offense.
Alcohol-related traffic fatalities account for 30 percent of all traffic deaths in California.
San Diego Drunk Driving Accidents
State and federal governments and countless non-profit organizations have tried for years to educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving. However, drivers still get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. Drinking and driving continues to be a leading cause of car accidents.
The term “accident” is perhaps not the most accurate way to describe a drunk driving crash. Unlike other types of accidents that may result from a momentary lapse in judgment or a single mistake, drunk driving accidents involve a driver’s conscious decision to drive in an intoxicated state.
In San Diego, in particular, drunk driving is a major problem. According to a report from 2020, the city was averaging about one DUI-related fatality each week. Shockingly, this was during a time when many people were staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No one knows what subsequent years will bring, although it is unlikely that the number of San Diego drunk driving accidents will measurably decrease.
Criminal Punishments Versus Civil Liability in a San Diego Drunk Driving Accident
In California, it is illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol content of o.08 or more. After a DUI accident, police will likely arrest the drunk driver, who will then face potentially criminal penalties. However, drunk driving accident victims need to understand that just because a driver was arrested and is facing criminal charges does not mean the accident victim stands to gain anything from the criminal case.
Criminal cases are brought by the government against those who are alleged to have violated the law. The main goal of a criminal case is to punish the wrongdoer for their actions and deter others from engaging in similar conduct. Accident victims are not the focus of a criminal trial; the defendant is. Thus, while the court may award nominal restitution damages in a criminal case, it is up to the defendant to pay these; their insurance will not cover a criminal restitution award.
However, if you were injured in a San Diego drunk driving accident, you are facing significant expenses. You may have spent days or weeks in the hospital. You may have follow-up doctors’ appointments and surgeries. You may need a longer course of physical or occupational therapy. And your injuries have made it, so you missed work. On top of all this, now you are starting to receive medical bills—seemingly daily.
Filing a San Diego personal injury lawsuit is the best way to recoup your accident-related expenses. A personal injury lawsuit is a civil claim brought against a drunk driver. However, most often, the case is defended by the drunk driver’s insurance company. While this is a good thing, in that the insurance company will have the resources to compensate you for your injuries fairly, insurance companies are not known for willingly offering to do so. Instead, insurance companies look for any way to reduce the value of accident victims’ claims, imposing various hurdles along the way that even the savviest accident victim can mishandle.
If a drunk driver has hurt you, do not risk handling the case on your own; enlist the assistance of a dedicated San Diego drunk driving car accident lawyer. Working with an attorney makes the process easier on you and your family and increases your chances of obtaining the compensation you need to move on with your life after the accident.
Do You Need a San Diego Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer?
At The Levinson Law Group, we pride ourselves on being different from other personal injury law firms. Among the things that set us apart is our steadfast belief that honesty and integrity are two of the most important traits a lawyer can possess. That said, we will be the first to tell you that you do not need a lawyer to bring a DUI accident claim.
However, the reality is that most accident victims choose to hire a lawyer. Here is why; the recovery process is burdensome and rife with opportunities to not only get frustrated but also to make a misstep that could cost you dearly. Remember, when you bring a claim against a drunk driver, most often, you will be dealing with their insurance company. While an insurance company representative may sound sympathetic, but their sole purpose is to settle a claim for as little as possible. By working with an attorney, you can know that someone has your back every step of the way and will not let you get taken advantage of by the insurance company.
A San Diego DUI accident attorney will also be able to identify the full extent of your damages. We are not talking about getting rich; we are talking about receiving the money you need to cover your expenses and the detrimental impact that accident had on your life.
At The Levinson Law Group, we are professional auto accident attorneys. We have handled countless cases on behalf of car accident victims and their families. Car accidents are the only type of personal injury case we handle. If you are looking for an experienced law firm that prides itself in maintaining a reputation for honesty, integrity, and a steadfast dedication to its clients, look no further than The Levinson Law Group.
Reach Out to a San Diego Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer at The Levinson Law Group to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you were injured due to another driver’s conscious decision to drive drunk, give our San Diego DUI accident lawyers a call. We can answer any questions you have about the recovery process and help you understand what the process entails. If you decide to file a claim against the drunk driver, we will take over all the heavy-lifting, starting with a detailed investigation into the accident. We will also obtain all necessary police and medical records that we will use to negotiate with the insurance company. If the insurance company’s offer does not fairly compensate you for your injuries, we will scrap negotiations and head to court.
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. We have outstanding reviews all across the Internet, from AVVO to Google My Business, to Yelp, and we encourage you to check them out. To learn more about your options, give The Levinson Law Group a call at 760-827-1700. 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.