Drunk Driving Accidents
From Mission Beach, to Gaslamp, to the several hipster bars tucked away in cool neighborhoods throughout San Diego, enjoying a craft brew or an expertly made cocktail with friends is something of a pastime in our fair city. And with the accessibility in recent years of Uber and Lyft, drunk driving and DUI arrests have gone down significantly. But unfortunately, they’ve not been eliminated from our society, and bad things can happen when people drink and drive. Read the rest »
“Last call for alcohol, y’all. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.”
When you hear that utterance in California, you know that the little hand is on the two and the big hand is approaching the 12. Yes, ever since 1935, last call in the Golden State’s bars and clubs has been a strict 2 a.m. But if two state senators have their way, California residents will be allowed to imbibe for two more hours—until 4 a.m. Read the rest »
Each year, drunk drivers kill more than 10,000 people. About one third of all traffic deaths in America involve a driver who was legally drunk. Driving under the influence of drugs has become a big problem, as well. Sadly, many accidents happen this time of year. With more people out traveling after celebrations that may include alcohol, the dangers on the road can ruin anyone’s holiday season. Read the rest »
Alcohol is a contributing factor in about a third of all fatal car accidents in the United States. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), someone died in an alcohol-impaired accident every 52 minutes in the year 2013. San Diego drunk driving collisions can happen at any time, but they most often happen at night, on weekends, and during the holidays. Read the rest »
A woman being held for a variety of charges stemming from an April 2015 DUI collision that killed her daughter was in El Cajon Superior Court this past week to hear whether she would stand trial.
After hearing the evidence, the judge determined the case would stand trial. The 32-year old defendant faces felony and misdemeanor charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while impaired, child endangerment, possession of methamphetamine, and driving with a suspended license. Her defense attorney was able to have one charge of gross negligence dismissed by the judge. The attorney noted that the single mother has never been convicted of a previous crime, stating his client, “Lives with the pain of the loss of her child every day.” Read the rest »
From the week of Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day is a dangerous time to be on the road. This is the time of year for holiday parties, and more impaired drivers are on the road. One way to prevent drunk driving accidents is to encourage others to use designated drivers. This is why Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has their annual Tie One On For Safety Holiday Campaign.
Tie One On For Safety is MADD’s longest running public awareness project. To participate, you can display a MADD red ribbon on your vehicle. You can get a red ribbon, magnet, or window decal through your local MADD affiliate. These ribbons encourage others to designate a driver and avoid getting behind the wheel after a night of partying. Read the rest »
Labor Day weekend DUI checkpoints have become an unfortunate but necessary part of our national holiday. Recently, San Diego has seen a serious spike in DUI-related accidents and deaths. DUIs have become such a problem that the District Attorney has dubbed 2015 the city’s “Summer of Shame.” Law enforcement agents were out in force over the holiday weekend, hoping to curb some of the dangerous behavior and potentially stop a few accidents. Read the rest »
One man is under arrest and two women, as well as a pet dog, are dead following a drunk driving crash over the weekend in Bay Park. As reported by Fox 5, investigators believe that the three, who knew each other since high school, were traveling along Friars Road near the Pacific Highway around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, when they swerved and struck a boulder alongside the road. The man who was driving was able to escape the wreckage as it burst into flames, killing the other two female passengers. The driver was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center for minor burns and abrasions. Police indicated that the young man would be placed under arrest for DUI following his stay in the facility. Read the rest »
Uber has embarked on a new project called “Uber Safe,” which allows potential riders to get a free ride if they are over the legal limit. The new program involves a small kiosk where riders can blow into a Breathalyzer to determine their blood alcohol level. If they are over the limit, an Uber driver will take them home free of charge.
This particular feature is currently being tested in Toronto and it could end up in other cities soon. It is unclear, however, if the rides will continue to be free of charge. We will have to wait to see if San Diego gets a similar program or if taxi companies will respond with a plan of their own. Read the rest »
Drunk driving collisions often result in severe injuries and fatalities. In such cases, drunk drivers, in addition to facing criminal charges, can be held civilly liable as well for the injuries and damages they cause. If a drunk driver has hurt you or a loved one in a Carlsbad car accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills, future treatment expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, the cost of rehabilitation, and other related damages.
There are several steps you would be well advised to take in the aftermath of a crash. It is important that you call the authorities. Remain at the crash site and begin collecting evidence, if possible. Take photos of your vehicles and write down the contact information from anyone who witnessed the collision. Make sure your version of the crash is in the report and stay abreast of whether or not the at-fault driver is tested for drugs or alcohol. He or she does not have to be convicted for drunk driving for you to receive compensation, but that could help strengthen your case. Read the rest »