In 2008, an estimated 11,773 people died in drunk driving car accidents, where the driver had an illegal BAC (.08 percent or greater). These wrongful deaths constitute 31.6 percent of the 37,261 total traffic deaths in 2008.
Unfortunately in recent San Diego drunk-driving news, a professional surfer drove under the influence of alcohol and was speeding before a car accident that killed his passenger. This tragic accident — which might have been avoided — resulted in the death of a young person.
Our firm’s San Diego car accident lawyers know that these tragic accidents can be avoided. It may be hard to believe but someone is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes and that three out of 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related car crash at some time in their lives. How many more people have to become injured or even killed by a drunk driver?
The surfer, a 53-year-old man, lost control of the car while driving about 65 mph in a 25-mph zone. The sedan hit a parked car and smashed into a palm tree. The man has been sentenced to four years in state prison after he pled guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and to an allegation that his actions caused great bodily injury to his passenger, a 24-year-old man.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an automobile accident by someone who was driving under the influence of alcohol, you should think about having a consultation with a personal injury lawyer in San Diego to help with your case. Together, we can show future generations how to prevent drunk driving accidents from happening in the first place.
Call us now at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced drunk-driving accident attorney and find out how we can help you. We speak English and Spanish, and we look forward to providing advice for your case. No fee if no recovery.
SENIOR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY & FIRM FOUNDER
Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines