Police arrested a man on suspicion of drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter for the death of a 21-year-old woman. According to police at the scene, the allegedly impaired driver was speeding eastbound on Pacific Coast Highway when he lost control of his 1999 Lincoln Town Car and hit the passenger door of a 2014 Cadillac XTS.
The victim became trapped in her vehicle, and EMS had to extricate her. She was rushed to a local hospital where she died of her injuries. The driver of the Town Car sustained miner injuries and was booking into jail by Long Beach Police.
Impaired Driving Accidents
Each year, drunk drivers take around 10,000 lives across the country which is a 33 percent reduction over the last several decades. While the decline is remarkable, the number still represents a lot of pain caused for families and loved ones of DUI fatality victims.
However, the number of drunk driving accidents hasn’t decreased by the same rate as the DUI deaths. In the late 2010’s, around 500,000 accidents each year are alcohol related. Going back several decades, the number is around 550,000. So this means that the number of raw impaired accidents hasn’t changed that much, but fewer people are dying.
Much of the drop in alcohol-related deaths could be attributed to safer cars, higher seatbelt use, better EMS response times and better life-saving techniques.
Impaired Driving Injuries
In many DUI accidents, it seems the impaired driver often comes away with little injury while the occupants of the other car aren’t so lucky. However, the truth is that if anything, a drunk driver is at more risk of death when there is a traumatic injury because the alcohol in the system reduced the body’s ability to recover from the trauma.
The truth is, in a DUI accident, all injuries are needless. Injuries can range from minor to severe to even fatal. Over the years, EMS responders and emergency rooms have seen certain common injuries in DUI crashes. This is because in some crashes, the impaired driver is unable to take evasive measures like slow down or swerve thus making the impacts greater than they would have been.
Some of these injuries common to DUI crashes are:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Mid and lower back injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Nerve damage
- Airbag burns/injuries
- Seatbelt injuries
What do I do if I’m Injured by an Impaired Driver?
Many victims of a DUI crash believe there is no reason to get an attorney because the insurance company will want to settle to keep the case out of court. While it’s true that a smart insurance adjuster will not want the case to go to trial, that same adjuster knows how to settle for as little as possible.
Let’s face it, this isn’t their first rodeo, but it’s probably the first—and hopefully only—time you’ve been in an injury accident. They have statistics, experts, highly-paid attorneys and the experience to get you the lowest settlement possible.
You need an attorney who knows the law and knows how to deal with reluctant claims adjusters. At the Law Offices of Steers & Associates, we offer a free consultation where we can advise you of your rights and help you understand what you are up against.
Don’t go it alone, call us today at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online and even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.