One of the most irrational types of auto accidents that occur result from people driving under the influence. While completely preventable, accidents resulting from a DUI usually cause serious injury and damage. In extreme cases, families are left devastated by the sudden loss of a loved one who was killed after being involved in a car accident caused by an intoxicated driver.
Every year, over 30,000 Californians suffer serious injuries as a result of auto accidents involving impaired drivers. Of these accidents, over 2,000 people sustained fatal injuries and according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30% of all traffic-related deaths occur as a result of alcohol impaired collisions.
Unfortunately, even when a DUI accident does not result in a fatality, it often results in injuries that can affect a victim for the rest of his or her life. Moreover, these long term medical conditions result in extensive medical bills and other financial losses.
People who sustain injuries when involved in a car accident caused by a drunk driver have the legal right to pursue monetary compensation for the damages sustained. If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, there may be an opportunity to recover compensation through the filing of a personal injury claim.
Blood Alcohol Concentration Limits
California’s blood alcohol level requirements, or BAC, for driving under the influence of alcohol differ based on the driver’s age and whether the automobile was being utilized for private or commercial purposes.
Current blood alcohol concentration limits determine that the following conditions are unlawful:
- Drivers with a BAC of 0.08% or higher, when the vehicle operator is over the age of 21.
- Drivers with a BAC of 0.01% or higher, when the vehicle operator is under the age of 21.
- Drivers of any age with a BAC of 0.01% or higher, when the vehicle operator is on probation for a DUI.
- Drivers with a BAC of 0.04% or higher, when in a vehicle that requires a commercial driver’s license, with/without a commercial driver’s license issued to the automobile driver.
- Drivers with a BAC of 0.04% or higher, when the vehicle is being used in passenger for hire at the time of the offense.
In the State of California, there is a zero tolerance BAC policy for motorists under the age of 21. When a motorist under the age of 21 is found to have any concentration of alcohol in his or her system, the motorist can be convicted of driving under the influence.
Fight For Your Right To Compensation, Consult The Legal Support Of An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Depending on the specifics of each individual case, multiple parties may be held accountable for the DUI accident. While most cases will point toward the drunk driver, other culpable parties may involve event hosts, bar staff, or restaurant owners.
If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident that was caused by a drunk driver, it is critical to seek the legal support of a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The personal injury attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP have many years of dedicated service helping those affected as a result of DUI accidents. Contact the firm for more information on what is needed to obtain a successful personal injury claim.