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.
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. At Overett Group,
you can work with a
Long Beach personal injury attorney who has more than a decade of experience and a 100% success rate. 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.