DUI Accidents Require Special Attention
Nearly 30 people in the United States die every day as a result of accidents caused by drug or alcohol impairment. Tragically, all such accidents are preventable. But despite public awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, intoxicated drivers are on San Diego roadways at all times.
Drivers causing crashes while under the influence face not only criminal prosecution but also civil liability to their victims. DUI defendants may be ordered to pay not only compensatory damages for medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering and inconvenience, but also punitive damages and potentially even their victim’s attorney’s fees. These are potentially complex cases and it is not always easy to prove DUI, especially when marijuana or drugs are involved. It’s thus critical to seek experienced legal representation.
Some DUI Facts:
- More than a quarter (25%) of all traffic-related deaths are the direct result of alcohol impairment. (NHTSA)
- As of 2020, nearly 300,000 people per year are injured in DUI accidents. (NHTSA)
- Over 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-related accidents in 2018. (NHTSA)
- Drivers with a Blood Alcohol Content of over 0.10 are 7 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than sober drivers. (Responsibility.org)