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Alcohol Involvement in California Traffic Deaths

By Pacific Attorney Group  Apr. 16, 2012 3:16p

The most common cause for an injury claim or lawsuit in this country is from auto accidents. Negligence is the primary factor in such claims, with drunk driving or driving while under the influence of drugs as one of the most dangerous forms of negligence. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has reported that in 2010, the last year in which all data has been tabulated, 70 percent of fatal injuries in traffic accidents across the U.S. were alcohol-related. In California, 81 percent of those who were killed in auto accidents were associated with blood alcohol concentration. The estimate of those killed due to blood alcohol levels greater than .08, which is the legal limit, was 33 percent.

California, like all the other states, has two drunk driving offenses. The first is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs as observed and reported by law enforcement. The second is called "per se," which means the offender had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher as measured on a breathalyzer or other chemical test. Drivers who operate a motor vehicle with this measure of alcohol in their systems are considered to be legally impaired. They face criminal prosecution and license suspensions.

Injured by a drunk driver? Talk to a Beverly Hills Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are located in or around Beverly Hills, California you are driving in a densely populated area with diverse and numerous restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Running afoul of a drunk driver is one of the risks of driving in Beverly Hills and the surrounding Los Angeles areas. In the aftermath of such an accident, you may be seriously injured, requiring medical attention or hospitalization. Such an incident can be disruptive, traumatic, and confusing. Having effective legal representation to handle your injury claim can be an invaluable asset at such a difficult time.

At the Pacific Attorney Group, you will find a Beverly Hills personal injury attorney who can provide experienced and competent legal help. The firm can assist you in taking the legal action you need to recover the compensation to which you are entitled for medical expenses, lost income, and more. A free injury consultation is offered to injury victims for this purpose.

Contact a Beverly Hills auto accident attorney at the firm to discuss your legal options today.

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