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By now it should be clear to anyone and everyone who drives a vehicle that doing so while intoxicated is a terrible decision. Different groups across the United States have spent billions of dollars in recent years geared towards persuading people to remain sober if driving. Sadly, it seems that not everyone gets this message or that this message is forgotten from time to time. Tragically, this mistake can have fatal consequences, as it has for more than one person in recent days in the area. That means that too many people will continue to need the help of a San Diego wrongful death lawyer as they suddenly grieve the loss of a loved one or loved ones. The California Department of Motor Vehicles publishes regular reports on DUI in California. Below you’ll find some statistics from the most recent report.
The California DMV compiles statistics that cover a wide range of issues related to DUI across the state. The most recent report includes data through the year 2013. Some data involve the entire state and other statistics are broken down by county. Below you’ll find some of the more troubling statistics from the report.
Those interested can find a link to the full DMV report here. These statistics seem to indicate that the problem of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or some other intoxicant in California is not getting better. The problem involves more than just alcohol. The report breaks down the number of accident fatalities by substance or substances involved. Some involved only alcohol and others involve different intoxicants. During that year:
That means that more than half of the fatal California DUI accidents involved either alcohol in combination with other intoxicants or other intoxicants without alcohol.
Driving under the influence is something that occurs all too often in San Diego County as well. In 2013, law enforcement made more than 12,000 arrests in the county for suspected DUI. Nearly 400 of those arrests were for suspected felonies. Sadly, it’s likely that people are going to continue to lose their lives because of others who drive while intoxicated. Families who find themselves suddenly dealing with overwhelming grief are generally in no position to take on insurance companies and other professionals as they attempt to somehow recover their losses. If you face this terribly difficult scenario, you need to take action. Instead of facing this situation alone, seek the help of a San Diego wrongful death lawyer who can handle this aspect of the situation for you while you focus on your family. Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys today for a free case evaluation.
John Gomez founded the firm alone in 2005. Today, John acts as President and Lead Trial Attorney. He has been voted by his peers as a top ten San Diego litigator in three separate fields: Personal Injury, Insurance and Corporate Litigation. Since 2000, he has recovered over $800 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients with more than 160 separate recoveries of one million dollars or more. A prolific trial lawyer, John has tried to jury verdict more than 60 separate cases.
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