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Drunk Driving is a Leading Cause of Traffic Fatalities

Drunk Driving is a Leading Cause of Traffic Fatalities

San Francisco news reports that a woman driving the wrong way on Highway 101 struck a cab, killing the driver and two passengers.  She also passed away.  Officials believe that the driver may have been under the influence. 

Unfortunately driving while impaired – whether under the influence of alcohol or other substance – continues to be a significant factor in causing motor vehicle accidents.  Drunk driving accidents account for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities in California and across the country.   In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Over 50% of all traffic accidents re alcohol related, and motor accidents also the number one cause of death in Americans below the age of 30.

When drunk driving accidents occur, impaired drivers may be held responsible criminally and civilly.  Drunk drivers face a variety of criminal penalties such as jail time, fines and license suspensions.

Those injured by drunk drivers and their families may be able to pursue damages in a civil lawsuit.  By filing a personal injury lawsuit, they may be able to recover damages for injuries sustained in the accident, including medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.  In the event of a fatality, the surviving family members may be able to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

While the dangers of drunk driving are widely known, unfortunately the number of drivers who drive under the influence has remained steady, creating unnecessary and potentially devastating consequences for others on California’s roadways.

For more information or if you have sustained injuries in any type of motor vehicle accident, please contact the dedicated San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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