Repeat drunk drivers are responsible for half of DUI fatalities. Learn more.I just posted a news article about a Los Angeles driver who is being charged with murder for the Anaheim DUI car crash death of a young woman. The driver is being accused of murder rather than manslaughter as he has two prior DUI convictions.
Nearly 50% of the 1,500,000 people arrested for drunk driving each year are repeat drunk drivers. Often these drivers have prior convictions and are driving on an already suspended or revoked license. In fact, it is estimated that 50 to 70 percent of drivers who have their licenses revoked for driving while under the influence continue to drive. Many even drive within minutes after having their licenses taken away.
According to statistics, a driver who has had one or more DUI or DWI convictions is 1.4 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than a driver with no DUI or DWI conviction. Drivers convicted of alcohol-impaired driving in the past three years are at least 1.8 times more likely to be in a fatal crash than drivers with no DUI or DWI convictions during the same time period and are four times as likely to be involved in fatal crashes in which drivers have high BACs of 0.10 percent or more. In fact, many repeat DUI offenders are also high BAC offenders with a blood alcohol level of .15 percent or more.
California ranks second in the U.S. for drunk driving accidents. In 2008, 1,198 Californians died in drunk driving accidents. This was 35% of the total traffic fatalities that year. Nationwide, one life is lost to drunk driving about every 45 minutes.
If someone you love was killed by a drunk driver in California, you have rights. We realize that a financial settlement can never make up for your loss, but it can help the family get through any economic loss caused by the death and to get a sense of accountability for the accident. To learn more, contact the Orange County car accident attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie.
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