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Alcohol-Impaired Driving Kills Every 51 Minutes 

A study conducted a few years ago by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that one in five drivers admit to driving within two hours of drinking.  They also report, in 2012, that more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes.  And, as a result, alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost an estimated $37 billion plus annually.

While this information may come as a shock to many, it serves as a warning to anyone getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. With upwards to 20 million people having driven drunk in the past year, it is critical that those of us who are driving safely take precautions.

Protecting Yourself from Drunk Drivers

First, protect yourself before you are out on the road by paying for good auto insurance. Be sure to buy medical payments coverage of at least $5000. Consider purchasing $10,000 or $25,000 worth of medical payments coverage for extra security. Also, it is vitally important to have uninsured motorist coverage equivalent to your liability coverage, as many drunk drivers are uninsured.  If one of these drunk drivers does happen to cross paths with you, you want to make sure that your expenses will be taken care of if an accident occurs. If you are driving without insurance, you run the risk of paying for a drunk driver's mistake with high medical bills.

Secondly, always pay attention while driving and drive cautiously. Be on the lookout for anyone driving erratically. If you see a drunken motorist swerving in front of you, don't speed up to pass him. Drunk drivers are easily distracted and often swerve into different lanes. Maintain a safe distance and follow with caution or pull over and wait until it's safe to continue driving. Be prepared to take quick, evasive action.

Finally, if you are involved in a drunk driving collision, be sure to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately after seeing a doctor for your injuries.

Drunk Driver Accident Lawyers in Oakland, San Jose, Fremont - Hayward and Walnut Creek

If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a drunk driver or been seriously injured or killed, contact the Injury Law Center – Law Offices of Jack Bloxham in San Jose, Oakland, Walnut Creek, or Fremont – Hayward for free a free consultation. There are never any out of pocket expenses to you and we don’t collect a fee unless we win your claim or claims, so you can focus on what is most important – your physical and emotional recovery and well-being. Recovery from serious injuries or having been party to a drunk driving wrongful death case can take years for many to fully recover. Put our personal injury legal experience to work for you.  Our experienced personal injury lawyers will give you sound legal advice and tell you how to proceed in this difficult situation. They may even be able to refer you to a good doctor if necessary. If we accept your case, we’ll aggressively represent you in pursuit of legal justice, and file the necessary insurance claims on your behalf.

The Injury Law Center has over 25 years of experience in Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Alameda, and Solano counties representing victims of drunk driving accidents. We help the victims of drunk drivers get the settlement they deserve for their injuries. Personal Injury – Plaintiff Law is all we do.

Contact a Drunk Driver Accident Lawyer 

Although the numbers are scary, you can protect yourself and your family from drunk drivers. Be alert and exercise caution while driving, especially at night after the bars close, to make sure that you don't find yourself needing a drunk driving injury attorney. But if you do, contact the experienced Injury Law Center lawyers in Walnut Creek, Oakland, Fremont-Hayward, or San Jose for a free consultation. Call us toll free at 1-800-300-8561 now to schedule your free and confidential consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. And if you are not able to meet with the attorney at our offices we can come to you. We make “house calls.”

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