Drunk Driving Victims
Every 53 minutes someone is killed in a drunk driving crash, and every 90 seconds, someone is injured due to an impaired driver. Alcohol is a factor in 6% of all traffic accidents and over 40% of all fatal crashes. And in Kern County, law enforcement officers arrest nearly 12 motorists per day who are driving under the influence.
In a civil case involving a crash at the fault of a drunk driver, a plaintiff is entitled to punitive damages, which are awarded to both punish the defendant and deter similar future behavior. For a plaintiff to be awarded punitive damages in a drunk driving case, he or she must show 1) that the driver voluntarily drank alcohol to the point of intoxication knowing that he or she would be driving; 2) that the driver was aware of the probable dangerous consequences of his or her conduct, and 3) that the driver willfully and deliberately failed to avoid those consequences.
The Bakersfield car accident lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles have significant experience in dealing with cases involving victims of impaired driving crashes. If you or someone you know has been injured because of an impaired driver, contact our law firm immediately.
To learn more about the work of Chain | Cohn | Stiles with victims of DUI crash victims and MADD Kern County, click here.
Your Kern County DUI Crash Victim Lawyers
If you or someone you know is hurt at the hands of a driver who is under the influence, contact us at (661) 616-9829 or visit us at 1731 Chester Ave., Suite 100, Bakersfield, CA 93301-5220 today.
Impaired Driving Poses A Significant Threat to Kern County Residents
One of the most common–and most dangerous–causes of car crashes is driving while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or other substance. In other words, DUIs. When you drive impaired, you risk the lives of everyone else on the road, and not just your own.
The law considers anyone negligent who causes an accident while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. To directly quote from the Vehicle Code of California (VEH) Article 2, “it is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle.” However, the VEH goes a little further, describing “under the influence of alcohol” as any “person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood.” In other words, if you’re over 21-years-old, and get caught with a BAC over 0.08%, then you’re legally under the influence of alcohol. However, if you’re under 21-years-old, then the limit drops to 0.01%, and you aren’t permitted to carry alcohol in your vehicle, unopened or otherwise.
To make matters worse, DUIs are exceptionally common in Bakersfield and Kern County, California. In 2018, alcohol-impaired driving accounted for 876 deaths of 3,563 California car accident fatalities (source). That is an astounding 28% of all fatalities caused by car accidents. 144 of these fatalities in 2018 occurred within Kern County alone. Those numbers show Kern County is experiencing an epidemic, to say the least.
According to FARS data, drivers with a blood alcohol content percentage of .01 or higher were associated with 35% of all car crash fatalities in 2018 – a total of 1,235 fatalities.
Remember, impaired driving is a 100 percent preventable crime, and anyone who suffers injuries or worse due to the actions of an impaired driver deserves justice.
Chain | Cohn | Stiles Joins the Fight Against Drunk Driving Crime in Kern County
Chain | Cohn | Stiles is deeply involved in protecting our community against impaired drivers with the goal of making Bakersfield and Kern County a better place to live for us all. We are closely involved with the Kern County chapter of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). Attorney Matt Clark sits on the MADD Kern County Advisory Board and regularly speaks to DUI offenders during the MADD Victim Impact Panels, and law firm marketing director Jorge Barrientos is the planning committee chairman for the annual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash. For its work has been recognized and honored on several occasions:
- MADD Kern County honored Chain | Cohn | Stiles with a “Community Champion” award for the law firm’s work toward raising awareness locally and helping victims.
- The law firm was also nominated in the “Corporation of the Year” category for a 2018 Beautiful Bakersfield Award, which recognizes a company whose volunteer hours and/or financial donations have made a meaningful difference.
- Jorge Barrientos, director of marketing and public relations for Chain | Cohn | Stiles, was awarded California’s “Volunteer of the Year”award by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, California, at the “Celebrating California’s Heroes” law enforcement and community recognition event in Sacramento.
- The “Pursuit of Justice Award” was given to attorney Matthew C. Clark of Chain | Cohn | Stiles by MADD Southern California – the regional area for MADD Kern County – which also includes Los Angeles and San Diego chapters.
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