Drunk Driving Victims

2 Ways Californians Are Working to Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents

by Staff Blogger | 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.

San Francisco Beer Week Taking Place Over the Next Several Days

by Staff Blogger | 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.

California Law Enforcement Utilizing New Technology To Take Drugged Drivers Off The Road

by Staff Blogger | 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!

California Drunk Driving Victim In Critical Condition Following Accident

by Staff Blogger | 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.

New Program Designed To Prevent California Drunk Driving Accidents

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Drugged Driving Becoming A Major Concern In California

by Staff Blogger | 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.

New Programs Aim To Decrease Number Of Drunk Drivers in Northern California

by Staff Blogger | June 5th, 2012

June 4, 2012

Shasta County, California, has seen an alarming amount of drunk drivers so far this year, especially among minors. According to KRCRTV 7 News, 19 individuals were arrested over Memorial Day weekend, which is nearly a 20 percent increase from 2011.

The issue continued to affect locals following the holiday weekend. This past Friday, two people were seriously injured as the result of a crash caused by an underage drunk driver. Reports indicate that the accident occurred at around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of Neal and West Sutter Roads. Police believe that an intoxicated 16-year-old driver lost control of a 1992 Nissan Pathfinder, causing it to roll several times. All four passengers of the vehicle were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Two remain hospitalized in serious condition.

In an effort to combat underage drinking and driving, students at Willows High School were able to witness the real-life sentencing of DUI offenders in the school’s gymnasium last week. Officials state that allowing the students to view the real-life consequences of driving under the influence impacts students much more than student reenactments. Following the hearings, students stated that they would definitely think twice before drinking and driving.

The California Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers hope that programs such as these, along with law enforcement’s utilization of saturation patrols, will help reduce the number of California Car Accidents and deaths caused by drinking and driving.

Redding Man Seriously Injured After Being Involved In Drunken Crash

by Staff Blogger | March 19th, 2012

March 19, 2012

A 27-year-old Redding, California, man is lucky to be alive following a single-vehicle crash early Thursday. According to reports from KRCRTV 7 News, alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident.

The crash happened just after midnight along Victor Avenue in Redding. Reports filed by the Redding Police Department indicate that the man was driving at more than 100 miles per hour through downtown Redding in his Toyota Tacoma pickup truck before slamming into a tree head-on outside of a local business. The impact of the crash caused the driver, who was not wearing his seatbelt at the time, to be ejected from the vehicle. Luckily, he survived and paramedics were able to transport him to Mercy Medical Center, where he remains in serious condition with massive head injuries and broken ribs.

The driver later admitted to police that he had taken prescription medications and had been drinking at a local bar prior to being involved in the crash.

Data gathered by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that speed played a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes in a single year, while alcohol contributed to 39 percent.

These statistics are a major reason why the San Francisco DUI Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers ask that you refrain from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. If every driver made this choice, thousands of lives would be saved every year.

Drunk Driver Responsible For Redding Crash That Kills One

by Staff Blogger | February 21st, 2012

February 20, 2012

Police in Redding, California, say that a drunk driver is responsible for causing a tragic accident that injured himself and another passenger and left another man dead. According to reports from KRCR 7 News, the accident occurred at 10:20 PM on Juniper Knoll Road, just east of Macdoel.

Reports from the California Highway Patrol troopers who responded to the crash scene say that the driver of a 1995 Hyundai sedan was under the influence of alcohol when he lost control and rolled the vehicle several times.

A passenger in the backseat was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene of the crash. The driver and another passenger in the front seat were both wearing seatbelts and only suffered minor injuries.

The driver has been charged with driving under the influence and causing injury to another person.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that alcohol continues to be a lead contributing factor in fatal highway accidents nationwide, especially among young people. They say roughly one third of drivers between 15 and 20 years old who were involved in fatal accidents had been drinking.

The Northern California DUI Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers ask that motorists do their part to keep everyone on the highway safe by not drinking and driving. Also, make sure that yourself, and all other passengers in the car, are buckled up before you begin driving.

Several Tips To Keep Motorists Safe During High Speed Pursuits

by Staff Blogger | January 16th, 2012

January 16, 2012

High-speed vehicle pursuits down the highway gets our adrenaline pumping in the movies. But what if you found yourself to be the helpless bystander of a real car chase during your daily commute? This happens almost on a daily basis across California, and observations have shown that most motorists don’t know what to do.

An article in The Sacramento Bee described a chase that occurred several weeks ago along California’s Highway 99. News footage shows that as the chase progresses, the cars around the chase acted as if nothing was happening. They stayed at the same speed and made no efforts to get out of the way.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) says that one reason this occurs is that drivers don’t scan their mirrors often enough. They suggest that motorists check all of their mirrors every 15-20 seconds.

If you find yourself in the middle of a high-speed pursuit, CHP Trooper Mike Bradley stated that you should not slow down, but turn on your right blinker and work your way over to the shoulder of the highway. If you see a crime scene ahead, pull over and stop well behind officer vehicles.

The California auto accident attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers fight for victims who have been injured in accidents and support community safety campaigns throughout the year in order to prevent accidents. If you are the victim of a car accident, contact an experienced attorney today.