June 29th, 2015|
Drunk driving remains one of the leading causes of accidental injury and death in California. In fact, the number of drunk driving accidents that were reported between 2002 and 2007 increased by 8.3 percent.
The number of California drunk driving victims tends to increase during the summer months and around certain holidays—like the upcoming 4th of July weekend. So it should come as no surprise that law enforcement have begun efforts to keep drunk drivers off of our state’s roads.
According to an article from the Fontana Herald News, the Fontana Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint in the city this past Saturday. Reports indicate the stop was set up along Baseline Avenue from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m.
The checkpoint is being called a success as well, considering it was responsible for a total of seven arrests. Five people were taken into custody on charges of allegedly driving under the influence, while two others were arrested on unrelated charges.
As the 4th of July weekend approaches, motorists should expect more of these checkpoints. The California Highway Patrol has stated it will be conducting sobriety operations across the state throughout the remainder of the week.
At Berg Injury Lawyers, our Bay Area car accident lawyers have seen the impact drunk driving can have on numerous lives. That’s why we encourage Californians to find a safe and sober ride home if you find yourself out after having too much to drink. This could include using a designated driver, a cab, or calling a loved one to get you home safely.
March 16th, 2015|
Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, and that means many in the Bay Area will take to the streets to celebrate Irish heritage and tradition. Many of the festivities will involve alcohol, and unfortunately, the consumption of libations around this particular holiday is notorious for causing accidents and injuries—especially among young people.
That’s why many organizations around the San Francisco area are doing their part to prevent accidents that could potentially leave California drunk driving victims in their wake. Both the California State Police and San Francisco law enforcement officials have vowed to crack down on alcohol violations during the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
According to an article from NBC Bay Area News, law enforcement will be focusing on arresting adults who are caught purchasing alcohol for minors. Over the last several days, officers have been able to apprehend and cite at least 60 people who bought alcohol for those who are underage.
Officers will also be targeting drunk drivers by conducting sobriety checkpoints and patrols throughout the evening tomorrow. So if you’ve had too much to drink, don’t get behind the wheel. Instead, utilize Berg Injury Lawyer’s Safe and Sober program.
Our campaign will provide you with a free cab ride home on St. Patrick’s Day if you live in the Bay Area and find that you’ve had too much to drink. To participate, just call Yellow Cab of Sacramento or Luxor Cab of San Francisco and have your driver send the receipt to us here at Berg Injury Lawyers. We will cover the first $35 of your ride home.
We hope you choose to have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day by remembering to stay safe and sober!
December 29th, 2014|
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and many residents of the San Francisco Bay area are preparing for the coming festivities. One of the most important preparations a partygoer can make is figuring out how to safely get home.
Each year, there are dozens in our city who become California drunk driving victims. That’s why city officials and many organizations around San Francisco are ramping up efforts to keep drunk drivers off the road this holiday.
NBC Bay Area News reports that San Francisco’s public BART Trains will run for extended hours on New Year’s Eve. The trains will operate until 3 A.M. with stops occurring once every 20 minutes at each location after midnight.
The California personal injury attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers want everyone to have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. That’s why the firm will be providing free cab rides home to those who’ve had too much to drink. View our Safe and Sober press release for details and to get the numbers of the cab companies you need to call for your free ride home.
If you need a way to get your car home safely, organizations like Be My DD offer those who have had too much to drink a team of drivers to get you and your vehicle home safely. Just call their number and schedule a pick up.
We hope these tips help you to have a Happy—and safe—New Year’s Eve!
December 15th, 2014|
Drunk drivers in northern California face some of the harshest penalties in the nation. For instance, Alameda County is currently part of a pilot project that requires anyone caught operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated to equip their vehicle with an ignition interlock system.
Despite these stringent laws, there are hundreds of thousands of drunk driving injuries and fatalities reported in our state each year. To fight back against California drunk driving accidents, the attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers will once again offer their Safe and Sober Free Ride Home program on New Year’s Eve. The program provides free cab rides home on New Year’s Eve—one night of the year when drinking and driving accidents are especially prevalent.
A press release from the firm explains rides will be provided from 10 P.M. on Wednesday, December 31, until 4 A.M., on Thursday, January 1 in downtown Sacramento and San Francisco. Rides of up to $35 will be covered. Rides will only be provided to residences, not to other drinking locations. For more information and a list of participating cab companies, visit our Safe and Sober page.
The campaign launch on New Year’s Eve will mark the tenth year the firm has sponsored the program. Thousands of rides have been provided on holidays where the number of accidents involving drinking and driving are especially high.
We encourage you to help reduce the number of California drunk driving accidents this holiday season by pledging to:
- Never drink and drive
- Never ride with someone who has been drinking.
That means calling a cab or establishing a designated driver before leaving home.
We hope you have a Safe and Sober New Year’s Eve!
October 27th, 2014|
Halloween and California Drunk Driving Accidents
This Friday is Halloween, which means many in Northern California will be celebrating with the ghouls and goblins. What’s even scarier than this year’s costumes though, is the number of California drunk driving accidents that are reported on Halloween each year. In fact, reports indicate the holiday is notoriously one of the deadliest days of the year for motorists, and alcohol plays a significant role in many of those accidents.
What We’re Doing to Help
In an effort to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents that occur in the Bay Area this Halloween, the attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers are once again sponsoring their “Safe and Sober” program. The campaign provides free cab rides home on Halloween night to those living in San Francisco and the surrounding area that have had too much to drink. There is also a version of the program for the Sacramento area.
How to Get a Free Cab Ride
Participating in the program is easy! Free rides home are available from 10 p.m. Friday, October 31 to 4 a.m. Saturday, November 1. If you live in San Francisco, just call Luxor Cabs at (415) 282-4141. If you live in Sacramento, call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222. Tell them Berg Injury Lawyers is covering your ride. The program covers cab rides up to $35! But don’t forget to tip your driver.
Cabs will only take individuals to a residence, not another bar, restaurant, or other locations where alcohol is being served.
Cab drivers reserve the right to request that you remove masks before getting in the vehicle as well. Let’s all look out for each other’s safety!
We hope “Safe and Sober” helps you to have a fun and safe Halloween!
If you have any questions about our program, please call us at (510) 523-3200, send us a message on Facebook, or send us an email.
October 13th, 2014|
October has arrived and for many, that means Halloween and all the associated festivities that come with it are fast approaching. Alcohol is likely to be served at many of the events surrounding the holiday, which is why it’s so important to remember the dangers of drunk driving and what you can do to prevent this behavior.
Halloween Drunk Driving Statistics
Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that drunk drivers caused 38 percent of motor vehicle collisions that occurred on Halloween in 2011. That same year, 48 percent of all car accident fatalities that occurred on Halloween weekend were the result of impaired driving.
Preventing Driving While Intoxicated on Halloween
Luckily, drunk driving is one of the easiest accident causes to prevent by simply refraining from getting behind the wheel if you’ve consumed alcohol. That’s why the California personal injury lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers suggest you participate in our Safe and Sober Halloween program if you plan on drinking this All Hallows’ Eve.
On Halloween night, citizens of San Francisco and Sacramento can get a free taxi ride home from 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. San Francisco residents can call (415) 282-4141 and Sacramento citizens should dial (916) 444-2222 to schedule your pick up. Rides will only be given to residences—not other drinking locations—and have a maximum value of $35. Just tell them the ride is on Berg Injury Lawyers, and please remember to tip your drivers!
Were You Involved in a Drunk Driving Accident?
Even if you plan ahead and don’t drive drunk, others may not do the same, and you may still be at risk of becoming a California drunk driving accident victim. If that’s the case, it’s important to remember help is available from our team at Berg Injury Lawyers.
We have helped many drunk driving accident victims get the compensation they need to get back on their feet and we want to do the same for you. Just call (800) 400-BERG to speak with our legal staff.
June 23rd, 2014|
Drunk driving has reached epidemic levels in the United States today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 30 motorists are killed each day in our country as the result of crashes that are caused by a drunk driver.
This disturbing statistic leaves many wondering what is being done to keep intoxicated motorists off the road and the California DUI injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers point to three specific ways this problem is currently being addressed, which include:
- Education and Awareness- Organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving are working to let drivers of all ages know about the serious risks that are posed by getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
- Enforcement- Police officers and troopers across California and the nation are holding sobriety checkpoints to catch impaired drivers in the act, which has led to an increase in prosecutions and has successfully deterred some drunk drivers from taking to the roads.
- Technology- Convicted drunk drivers may be required to have ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles. This piece of technology prevents motorists from being able to start their vehicles if there is alcohol in their systems.
- Sober Ride Programs- At Berg Injury Lawyers, we work to keep drunk drivers off the road through our Safe and Sober campaign, which provides free rides home to those who have had too much to drink.
The firm hopes these combined efforts will continue to help promote safe driving habits while encouraging those who have had too much to drink to find another way home besides driving.
April 21st, 2014|
There is an epidemic of drunk driving spreading across California and the United States, especially among teenagers. Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show approximately 7,000 motorists between ages 15-20 are killed every year as the result of drunk driving accidents. That means one life is lost to the behavior every 15 minutes.
In an effort to combat the dangers drunk driving poses to Californians, a realistic safety campaign has been launched that focuses on this particular statistic. The Pleasanton Weekly explains high school students who participate in the Every 15 Minutes campaign view a crash scene that has been staged to include their peers, law enforcement, and emergency responders.
They are then told that one of their peers was drinking and driving, and caused the crash that claimed the lives of local students and left others seriously injured. The driver “responsible” for the wreck is arrested and charged, while the deceased and injured are taken from the scene.
Later in the day, selected students are pulled from class every 15 minutes to illustrate how quickly drunk drivers take lives.
Participation in programs like this leaves many wondering what they can do to prevent drunk driving accidents. The California personal injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers explain the best way to prevent drunk driving is to use designated drivers, cabs, or public transportation after consuming alcohol, and to encourage others to do the same.
In an effort to help prevent drunk driving accidents, Berg Injury Lawyers sponsors a program called Safe and Sober, which provides free cab rides home for residents of Sacramento and San Francisco on certain holidays. The Safe and Sober program will offer free rides home during the upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Check out the firm’s Facebook page for details on how to get a free cab ride home this May 5.
February 10th, 2014|
Craft beer has taken the United States by storm in recent years, but San Francisco is a city that has a deep history established in the brewing of quality suds. The California Personal Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers explain the city’s relationship with beer is now celebrated annually and the event kicked off this past Friday.
San Francisco Beer Week is being celebrated from February 7 – 16 across the Bay Area. Events that will occur throughout the week include meet-and-greets with some of the greatest brewers in the state of California as well as numerous tastings. Some of those tastings will include food pairings prepared by some of the country’s top chefs as well.
All week long, Half Moon Bay Brewing will be doing beer and dessert pairings, while Social Kitchen & Brewing held a Strong Beer Brunch over the weekend.
Other breweries that are participating include Anchor Steam, Bear Republic, and Gigantic Brewing just to name a few.
Some of the events may require reservations, but many others are free to the public to attend.
The attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers understand how easy it can be to overindulge in consumption at events like these, which can increase the chances of becoming a California Drunk Driving Victim. That is why the firm asks attendees to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol and to utilize a cab or designated driver to get home safely when drinking.
December 30th, 2013|
December 30, 2013
While most motorists are aware of the dangers posed by drunk driving, many remain unaware the same dangers are presented by drivers who choose to get behind the wheel after consuming certain drugs. In fact, drugged driving is becoming more prevalent than ever before on the roads of California. The California Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain that in an effort to combat the problem, law enforcement is looking into advancements in technology that may be beneficial in detecting drugs.
States such as California have laws preventing motorists from operating a vehicle while under the influence of controlled substances, like certain drugs. However, an article from RT News explains one of the most difficult parts of enforcing drugged driving laws is determining what type of drug the driver has consumed and quantifying their level of intoxication.
That’s why this New Year’s Eve, a holiday that notoriously brings drugged and drunk drivers to the road, law enforcement in certain areas of the state will be utilizing a piece of technology that allows officers to take a saliva swab from a potentially intoxicated driver’s mouth and determine if they have consumed any number of drugs recently. The results from the test are available almost immediately, rather than the days and weeks it could previously take officers to get test results back.
The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers are hopeful the new technology is effective in keeping motorists safe this holiday season!