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!
July 15th, 2013|
July 15, 2013
While most motorists are aware of the risks involved with driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, many people fail to recognize the same dangers of injuring one’s self or another person are present when riding a bicycle after drinking.
For instance, a 24-year-old cyclist is facing charges of riding under the influence of alcohol after seriously injuring a pedestrian in a California Bicycle Accident that occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. in the town of Truckee over the 4th of July holiday. The accused was riding her bicycle along a road following the banks of Donner Lake when she accidently struck a pedestrian. Investigators were able to determine the cyclist was legally drunk at the time of the collision and she was charged with Driving Under the Influence of alcohol.
Meanwhile, the California Drunk Driving Victim was rushed to a local trauma center, where he was last listed in critical condition.
According to an article from the Silicon Valley Mercury News, more charges could be filed pending the outcome of a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident.
The California Personal Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers would like to remind all travelers of the importance of never operating any type of machinery after consuming any amount of alcohol. Instead, utilize a designated driver or a taxi to get you home safely.
February 18th, 2013|
February 18, 2013
California car accidents are listed as one of the leading causes of death amongst teens in the state. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has decided to combat this problem by hosting a series of programs titled Steering Kids Straight that is aimed at educating young drivers about the dangers they will face when on the road and how they might be able to prevent accidents from occurring.
According to CBS 8 News, the first installment of the program was conducted by several California high school students a few weeks ago and featured a mock crash scene portraying the deadly results California Drunk Driving Accidents can have. The scenario involved two vehicles that had collided due to a drunk driver. While students pretended to be killed and injured in the accident, another reenactment showed participants what it may be like if they were caught driving drunk. Over the next several months, students will continue to document what the outcomes of such an accident would be like.
The purpose of the program is to show teens the devastating effects poor decisions being made behind the wheel of an automobile can have.
The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers recognize how dangerous drinking and driving can be and are hopeful this program, and others like it, will be successful in teaching teen drivers the dangers of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.
December 10th, 2012|
December 10, 2012
With the number of marijuana-related drugged driving accidents on the rise, many citizens are concerned about marijuana use and highway safety. CBS News discusses the problem and what law enforcement is doing to solve it.
Santa Cruz County seems to be at the center of the debate, with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reporting five of the eight fatal motor vehicle accidents in the area over the past year caused by drivers who tested positive for the drug.
Statistics show that drivers who smoke marijuana are twice as likely to be involved in accidents as sober drivers, and numbers from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence show that around 20 percent of drivers involved in accidents tested positive for marijuana consumption.
Officers say driving under the influence of marijuana can be extremely dangerous because of the drug’s effect on perceptions of both time and space.
To combat the growing problem, the CHP has begun an awareness campaign with the public to educate citizens about the dangers of drugged driving.
The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers say drivers are responsible for making the decision to not get behind the wheel after ingesting a mind-altering substance and failure to do so can be considered negligent in the event of a California Car Accident.