While the New Year’s holiday is a time to celebrate fresh beginnings, some individuals start off the New Year in the worst way possible?as drunk drivers. This means other innocent drivers or pedestrians on the road can potentially have their lives drastically altered because of another person’s irresponsible decisions. Even with DUI checkpoints and increased patrols by law enforcement, the act of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is unfortunately still all too common around New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has listed Long Beach and Signal Hill among various areas within the county where there will be boosted DUI enforcement on the nights leading up to and including New Year’s Eve, according to a Long Beach Post article. The article cites a news release by the Winter Holiday AVOID DUI Campaign, which also includes cooperation from the Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and other law enforcement agencies.
The boosted efforts during the campaign’s first week already netted 621 individuals throughout the region who were arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the Long Beach Post article. While these arrests equate to big wins for law enforcement and to public safety, the sad truth is that there are many drunk drivers out there who will still slip under the radar. Those who are not caught, or who are caught too late, have the potential of causing great harm to others on the road.
When a car accident or other type of auto accident is caused by a drunk driver, the victim can suffer from injuries that can lead to negative consequences such as expensive medical bills, physical and emotional suffering and lost wages from time spent away from work. Victims can even be killed in these types of accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 9,878 fatalities in 2011 that resulted from auto accidents involving drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08% or higher. Other negative consequences DUI accident victims can suffer from include vehicle repair costs, vehicle replacement costs and car rental fees.
When an accident is caused by another person’s negligent acts?such as getting behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol?it is important for the victim to hold the responsible party liable. This can be done with the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Whether you were the victim of a drunk driving accident during the holidays or any other time of the year, call our office to learn about how we might be able to help you obtain fair compensation in your case.