No one should get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Driving under the influence (DUI) poses significant dangers on the road, often resulting in accidents that lead to injuries. Those who engage in DUI can be held responsible for the harm caused by impaired driving. The fact that alcohol affects cognitive functions, motor skills, and perception is central to establishing liability in alcohol-related personal injury cases. Victims of DUI-related accidents should consult a San Diego car accident attorney who can help pursue fair compensation and hold those responsible accountable.
Every year on March 17, millions of Americans turn out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. Along with shamrocks and the “ wearing of the green,” this is a time for parades, festivals, music and dancing, corned beef and cabbage, green beer, parties, and pub crawls. St. Paddy’s Day is a popular drinking holiday, and that makes it one of the most dangerous days to be on the road.
Ok, not real blindness. But it can cause something psychologists call intentional blindness, which is the failure to notice something because you weren’t expecting to see it and you were focusing on something else. It explains why you don’t notice what is right in front of you. Over the years, I have heard the same story from countless car accident defendants: they looked, but they did not see my client’s car. Many claim that my client’s vehicle “came from out of nowhere,” except it didn’t really, did it?
It used to be that vehicles did not have seatbelts, anti-lock brakes, or air bags. When these technologies were new, some people questioned whether they were needed and whether they would really make us safer. Now we know these technologies save countless lives every year. Today, there is even newer and better technology, including technology to prevent drunk driving.
Memorial Day weekend is almost here and that means a lot more drivers will be on the road over the three day weekend. Please drive safely, buckle up, and don’t drive under the influence. Remember, buzzed driving is still DUI. Also, make sure all child passengers are safely buckled up in car seats or booster seats. Last year, 31 people died in car accidents in California and 78% of those killed were not wearing a seatbelt.
As we prepare to join family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, I would like to take this opportunity to remind all that the only safe way to drive is sober. The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving has evolved into a cultural phenomenon called “Thanksgiving Eve,” that has been become associated with drinking and a big night for bars. It is sometimes promoted on social media as “Drinksgiving,” “Danksgiving,” and “Blackout Wednesday.”
Drunk driving is incredibly debilitating, and it can result in horrible consequences. In just the year 2016, 11 fatal DUI crashes took place in San Diego, with a total of 16 deaths. Despite how commonly it occurs, drunk driving is 100% preventable and our law firm is passionate about helping organizations such as MADD to impact the problem of impaired drivers.
Driving while addicted to drugs is unlawful in California under California Vehicle Code 23152(c), regardless of impairment. There is an exception for those participating in an approved drug treatment program.
A medical marijuana prescription does not shield California drivers from arrest for driving under the influence. For purposes of determining whether a driver is impaired, medical marijuana is treated the same as alcohol. According to Commander Chris Tennant of the Pullman, Washington Police Department who is quoted in a February 17, 2015 USA Today article as saying, “If we suspect that they are intoxicated (with marijuana) and driving, then we handle it like we would alcohol where we put you through field sobriety tests.”
Please help support Mothers Against Drunk Driving in their mission to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. MADD is a terrific organization and worthy of our support. There are 2 opportunitites coming up where San Diegans can show their support for MADD.
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