Drunk Driving Fatalities Increase in California

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Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released 2017 motor vehicle fatality statistics. Altogether, there were fewer traffic crash fatalities in 2017 than in 2016. Though hardly an improvement, drunk driving fatalities decreased by one percent.

In concern to California, there were 3,602 traffic fatalities in 2017. This means that California is no longer the deadliest state for driving. It is now the second deadliest state behind Texas. However, now more of California’s traffic fatalities include alcohol-impaired drivers. Up two percent from 2016, 31 percent of California’s 2017 traffic fatalities involved a drunk driver.

With the holidays approaching, drunk and drugged driving will increase. If you go out and drink with friends and family this holiday, take a few minutes to plan ahead to find a sober ride home. If you are traveling in or between San Diego County cities, Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is an inexpensive public transportation system you could use. A rideshare service like Uber or Lyft is another available option.

For NHTSA’s complete 2017 traffic crash fatality overview, you can read it here. According to NHTSA, injury estimate reports will be published at a later date.

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A San Diego auto accident attorney can help you handle the aftermath of an accident. At Bonnici Law Group, we help our clients coordinate medical treatment, report their accident, gather important evidence to file a claim and negotiate with insurance companies. We also advocate for our clients in court if need be.

For more information about what to do after an auto accident, including what to do before you leave the scene of an accident, read our car accident site page.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you could have a viable claim to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. Call Bonnici Law Group today at (619) 853-5101 or fill out the online case review form for a free consultation.

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