Drunk Driving Victims

New Laws Take Effect In California This New Year

by Staff Blogger | January 2nd, 2012

January 2, 2012

California state law has undergone several changes that took effect with the ringing in of the New Year. The Sacramento Bee reported earlier today that the state’s tougher penalties on drinking and driving infractions and new standards for child safety seats while riding in motor vehicles began being enforced by police and troopers statewide yesterday.

Repeat Driving-Under-the-Influence (DUI) offenders will now face a possible decade-long ban of driving privileges under the new legislation. Now, judges will be able to sentence those who have been convicted of drunk driving three times or more in the past 10 years to a license revocation that will last a decade as well.

A state representative backed the law after hearing the story of two California highway patrol troopers who arrested a man for driving under the influence. The troopers discovered the man had been convicted of the crime eight times prior, but had always managed to get his license back.

Another important change to state law that took effect yesterday is in regards to child safety seats. Now, all children eight-years-old or younger must be in an approved child-restraining safety seat. For the past year, the safety seat law has been for all children six-years-old or younger, or 60 pounds or less. The only exception to the new rules of all children under eight is if they are 4’9” or taller.

The California auto accident attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers ask that motorists keep it safe on the highway by following all state guidelines, both new and old.

Alameda Law Firm Offers Free Cab Rides Home on New Years Eve

by Staff Blogger | December 27th, 2011

December 26, 2011

In recent years, the holidays have become an increasingly dangerous time of year for driving in California. According to The Los Angeles Times, six people died on California highways over this past holiday weekend, and the California Highway Patrol made 889 suspected drunken driving arrests.

The California drunk driving victim attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers are sponsoring a campaign in order to help combat the growing number of drunk drivers during the holidays. The firm will be offering free cab rides home to those who have been drinking on New Years Eve.

This will be the seventh year that the law firm has sponsored the Safe And Sober Cab Ride program, which offers a maximum $35 cab fair home to anyone needing a ride. The rides are provided only to a person’s residence, not to another drinking location. The cabs will be running from 10:00 PM Saturday, December 31 to 4:00 AM Sunday, January 1.

Call one of the following cab companies and tell them your ride home is on Berg Injury Lawyers:

  • Sacramento — Call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222. Patrons must be picked up at a restaurant, hotel, or bar within downtown Sacramento to qualify for a free ride.
  • Alameda, Oakland & Berkeley — Call Veterans Cab at (800) 281‐4488. Any fare exceeding $35 must be paid in cash.
  • San Francisco — Call Luxor Cab at (415) 282‐4141. 

Richmond Teen Killed, Two Others Injured During Illegal Street Race

by Staff Blogger | November 7th, 2011

November 7, 2011

In Richmond this weekend a local teen died and two others were injured in an illegal street race crash. The Contra Costa Times reported yesterday that the accident happened around 1:15 Sunday morning, along a stretch of Richmond Parkway.

The street glistened as the two cars, a Nissan Altima and a BMW, floated down the asphalt that was freshly drenched with rain. The vehicles were locked neck-and-neck, when the 21-year-old driver of the Nissan hit a wet patch, lost control, and hit his friend’s BMW. The impact caused the BMW to spin out of control and flip several times before hitting a pole.

The driver of the BMW died at the scene of the crash, while his two passengers were urgently rushed to the John Muir Medical Center by helicopter in critical condition. The driver of the Nissan was unharmed, but investigators arrested him on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.

California issued 800 citations in 2001 for illegal racing-related infractions–a number that has grown significantly every year since. Now, it is estimated that 49 people are hurt and killed for every 1,000 individuals who participate in illegal street races.

The California Car Accident Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers would like to encourage anyone hurt in an accident at no fault of their own to contact them immediately for a free evaluation of your case.

Free Cab Rides Offered In The Bay Area Halloween Night

by Staff Blogger | October 31st, 2011

October 31, 2011

Tonight, trick-or-treaters will roam the streets in their ghoulish disguises on a quest for candy. Unfortunately, they could possibly have to share those streets with drivers who may have drank too much while celebrating the holiday, which puts everyone in grave danger. In order to help alleviate this problem, free cab rides home are being offered to anyone in the Bay area.

The program is called Safe and Sober and is sponsored by California Personal Injury Attorney, William Berg, and his firm, Berg Injury Lawyers. They began the program seven years ago and have offered the rides during major holidays every year since.

The rides will be offered between 10:00 PM tonight until 4:00 AM the tomorrow morning. The cab companies will offer the rides to anyone who has been drinking and needs a safe way home from a bar or restaurant. For a Safe and Sober ride this year, contact the following cab company within the your area:

  • Sacramento – Call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222.

Patrons must be picked up at a restaurant, hotel, or bar within Downtown Sacramento to qualify for a free ride.

  • Alameda – Call Veterans Cab at (800) 281‐4488.

Any fare exceeding $35 must be paid in cash. Oakland and Berkeley areas included.

  • San Francisco – Call Luxor Cab at (415) 282‐4141. 

The California Car Accident Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers would like to wish everyone a safe, sober, and Happy Halloween!

10 Injured In SoMa Car Crash Monday Morning

by Staff Blogger | October 24th, 2011

October 24, 2011

An accident along a San Francisco neighborhood street has left ten young people injured. CBS-San Francisco reported this morning that the accident happened at 12:36 AM, at the intersection of 10th and Howard, in a part of town known as SoMa.

A newer model Dodge Charger carrying six occupants, none of whom were buckled in, was being driven by an intoxicated driver and was passing through the intersection when they were struck. Witnesses told investigators the white, GMC minivan involved, also driven by an individual under the influence, ran a red light and T-boned the Charger. The occupants of the car all to suffered a range of injuries, from cuts and bruises to one young woman being left paralyzed from the neck down. All the car’s occupants were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

A large amount of cocaine was confiscated from the minivan and the driver was found to have no license or identification. He faces seven counts of felony DUI and could face additional charges as police suspect he could have been involved in an earlier hit-and-run case as well.

The California Car Accident Attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers often handle cases for victims of drunk drivers. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver contact us by filling out a free online consultation form, so our experienced team of lawyers can answer any questions you may have.

California DUI Arrests Up During Labor Day Weekend

by Staff Blogger | September 12th, 2011

September 12, 2011

Every year there are hundreds of people injured or killed on American highways by drunk drivers over Labor Day weekend. Some years, such as this one, are more dangerous than others because of higher numbers of these drunk drivers. According to The Reporter, there were 1,399 arrests this year alone over the recent holiday weekend.

The California Highway Patrol issued a press release early last week releasing the numbers, noting an increase from 1,360 arrests over the same time period last year.

The release also stated that 14 people had died throughout the state of California over the four day period from the Friday before the weekend to Labor Day. That’s quite a jump from the 10 who died last year in holiday collisions, said California Highway spokesperson, Officer Elon Steers. Steers added that 13 of the 14 killed were not wearing seat belts at their time of death.

Officer Steers explained that 242 DUI arrests were specifically made in the bay area over the holiday, which was an increase from the 221individuals that were brought in last year on the charge.

The California Auto Accident Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers see all too often the outcome of accidents involving drunk drivers, or the lack of seatbelt use. That is why they often spearhead programs such as their Safe And Sober campaign, which offers free cab rides to those who have over indulged, on certain holidays. Their cause was recently discussed in an interview with founding attorney, William Berg

Officer injured in Fresno car accident

by bil | December 9th, 2010

December 9, 2010

A Fresno car accident sent one man to the hospital and another to jail, reports KMPH-TV.

A 23-year-old male was driving a vehicle when he collided with a police cruiser.

Police found empty beer bottles scattered around the vehicle. Toxicology reports showed the driver had alcohol and marijuana in his system. The police officer was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries suffered in the Fresno car accident.

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If you have been the victim of a Fresno car accident caused by a drunk driver, the Fresno car accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers can help you.

Two children injured in Fresno drunk driving accident

by bil | April 29th, 2010

April 29, 2010

When you have children, their safety becomes your first priority. But how do you protect your children from drunk drivers? One family was unable to protect themselves, and two children are now in the hospital following a Fresno drunk driving accident.

KFSN-TV reports that a white pickup truck struck a van carrying four people in north Fresno. The van slipped onto its side from the impact of the Fresno auto accident. According to Fresno police, the driver of the truck had been drinking and was traveling more than 50 mph at the time of the Fresno auto accident.

Two children were transported to the hospital, but no serious injuries were involved in the drunk driving accident. The driver of the truck was arrested for driving under the influence.

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If you have a child who was the victim of a Fresno drunk driving accident, the California drunk driving lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers can help you.

Berg Injury Lawyers Helps Local Residents by Giving Away Hands-Free Headsets

by bil | June 25th, 2008

June 25, 2008

With California’s new hands-free law taking effect July 1, 2008, many Californians are purchasing headsets for their cell phones so they can continue to talk while driving. Any motorists, who are caught chatting on their cell phones without a hands-free device starting July 1, will be fined.

To help local residents and alleviate the added costs of purchasing headsets, Berg Injury Lawyers will be distributing 2,000 complimentary hands-free headsets.

“With the new law taking effect, many Californians are faced with the added expense of purchasing hands-free headsets,” said attorney William Berg, founder of Berg Injury Lawyers. “By giving these headsets away, I hope to alleviate the extra expense while promoting safe driving. As part of my job, I constantly hear about car accidents that could have been easily avoided if drivers had been paying more attention to the traffic around them. I hope that this new law helps keep all drivers a little safer on the roads.”

The law, which takes effect July 1, 2008, is meant to protect everyone on the road by reducing driver distraction. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, an estimated 300 lives will be saved annually in California due to the new law. Additionally, Connecticut, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., currently have laws in place to ban using hand-held mobile devices while driving.

To receive a complimentary hands-free headset, visit the firm’s Web site at www.BergInjuryLawyers.com and fill out a simple form. Headsets will be available at Berg Injury Lawyers’ Alameda, Modesto, and Sacramento office locations beginning July 3 while supplies last.

About California’s Hands-Free Law

  • While those 18 and older are allowed to use hands-free headsets, those under 18 aren’t allowed to use mobile devices with or without hands-free accessories (VC §23124).
  • Police officers will begin ticketing drivers who use cell phones without hands-free devices on July 1. The first offense results in a $20 fine and the second offense is a $50 fine. Multiple offenses could result in more than triple the base amount.
  • Drivers are allowed to use their cell phones without hands-free devices during emergencies to call police, fire, or medical authorities.

Sacramento drunk driving victim dies in police chase

by bil | April 10th, 2008

April 10, 2008

According to The Sacramento Bee, a teen passenger died in a Sacramento drunk driving accident after police pulled over the car for driving erratically down a California highway. The Sacramento driver pulled over for the police officer, but then fled the scene and hit a light pole down the road.

A teenager in the passenger seat of the vehicle died at the scene of the accident. The teen wasn’t the only Sacramento drunk driving victim in the auto accident; three other people in the vehicle suffered car accident injuries as well.

The driver who caused the Sacramento drunk driving accident faces charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, felony driving under the influence, and felony evading a police officer.

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