It is extremely negligent to drive while intoxicated (DWI) or to drive under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. Someone who chooses to drive while intoxicated puts themselves at risk, as well as every other driver at risk of an injury or death. According to https://www.dmv.org/ca-california/automotive-law/dui.php the most recent statistics show that there were nearly 1,500 alcohol-involved deaths in 2007. Every year drivers like these are the cause of many injuries and fatalities. Contacting a California drunk driver DUI lawyer at Edelman Law Center can be the difference in receiving the compensation you deserve. Our Personal Injury Lawyers are experienced and dedicated in finding all information to help your case.
California’s drunk driving laws are pretty similar to those across the United States, which prohibits someone from driving when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is a 0.08% or more. This is the normal measurement that all states use to be able to classify the driver as “impaired”.
In the State of California it is illegal to do the following:
Repeat offenders are not allowed to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.01% or more.
California’s Zero Tolerance Law will not allow drivers younger than the age of 21 to have the blood alcohol concentration of a 0.01% or more. Drivers under the age of 21 deal with two types of alcohol related crimes that affect their driving privileges. Such as a violation of the Zero Tolerance Law as well as being a minor in possession of alcohol. If you are under the age of 21 it is illegal to have alcohol in your vehicle except if the container is still sealed and unopened. You must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian or work for a person who has an off-site liquor license.
Breaking this law can result in:
Second and Succeeding Offenses:
In the state of California drunk driving is always a criminal offense. If someone dies or is injured due to the neglect of the driver under the influence of alcohol, or while their blood alcohol concentration is a 0.08% or more, the driver can be held accountable and charged with a felony. If the driver responsible for the accident is legally intoxicated we can also pursue exemplary or punitive damages, which can increase the amount of compensation that a victim can collect.
If you are a victim of Drunk Driving and have been involved in an accident, you should immediately speak with one of our Lawyers here at the Edelman Law Center. To ensure that you have a claim follow these steps:
Although the criminal justice system can penalize the drunk driver who caused the accident, it does not compensate the victims of the accidents that the driver caused. This includes the victim’s parents, children, siblings, spouses, friends and many other loved ones affected by such a tragic event. Usually claims can be made for an atonement due to loss of revenue because of time taken off work, pain and suffering, property damage, disability, and any other trauma that can be associated with the accident ( for example PTSD). By contacting one of our skilled attorneys at the Edelman Law Center you can take your first step towards getting the compensation that you deserve.
If you or a loved one is the victim of a drunk driving accident please do not hesitate to contact our California drunk driving accident lawyers at the Edelman Law Center. Call us for a free consultation now at 877-897-7228
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