California wine regions see more drunk driving accidents

Posted on October 24, 2012 by

On behalf of The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, October 24, 2012.

Touring California’s wine regions can be a beautiful experience. But that experience can turn devastating when someone imbibes too much and causes a fatal drunk driving accident.

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there is a connection between California wine regions and the number of accidents caused by drunk drivers. Of California’s 58 counties, Napa County ranks ninth in the number of fatal or injury causing drunk driving accidents based on the number of miles traveled each day. More rural wine counties, such as Amador County, see an even higher number of auto accidents caused by drunk drivers. Amador County was third out of the 58 counties in the number of fatal or injury causing drunk driving accidents based on miles traveled each day.

When a person is involved in a car collision caused by a drunk driver, that person may sustain a serious injury or may even be killed. When this happens, the victim may bring a civil lawsuit against the drunk driver.

To prevail in a civil lawsuit against a drunk driver, the level of intoxication must be established, usually through a blood alcohol content test. It also must be shown that the drunk driver did not take reasonable care in operating his or her motor vehicle, and that this lack of reasonable care was a direct cause of the crash. Such evidence usually includes the police report about the crash, witness recollections and expert testimony.

Measures are being taken in California to reduce the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers. TV commercials advocating safe wine tasting have been produced by the California Office of Highway Safety. In addition, the office has started to provide California wineries with table toppers promoting designated drivers. These steps may be one way to lower the number of drunk driving accidents and may even save a life.

Source: The Northern Virginia Daily, “Calif.: More fatal DUI crashes in wine regions,” Sally Voth, Oct. 12, 2012

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