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We want to bring you a story from right across the Golden Gate Bridge because it highlights something we see all too often – a drunk driver ruining lives.

Last week, a Marin County school teacher, Debra DiBenedetto, was killed by an alleged drunk driver while she was riding her bike. The entire community around Dixie Elementary School is mourning her loss.

“She was a fabulous teacher, she loved nature, always took kids to the creek to do restoration,” said one of the school’s parents.

DiBenedetto was a wife, mother, and a grandmother.

Police have arrested a 24-year-old woman under suspicion of felony DUI. At Allegiance Law, we wish we could say that these accidents were rare, but they are not. When you need a San Francisco drunk driving accident attorney, you can count on us to work with you to secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses.

The Statistics

Accidents that happen at the hands of drunk drivers are particularly devastating. Often, drunk drivers do not even slow down before they impact another vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian. The latest reporting year for California gives us the following statistics:

  • 17,604 alcohol-involved accident injuries.
  • 1,023 alcohol-involved accident fatalities.
  • Over 25 percent of all traffic accident fatalities involve a drunk driver.

Drunk drivers pose serious risks because they tend to do the following things much more often than drivers who are not impaired:

  • Running off the road
  • Entering oncoming traffic
  • Drifting into another lane
  • Turning unsafely
  • Excessive speeding

Drunk driving fatalities are increasing in California. Even with the proliferation of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft, too many people are still making the choice to get behind the wheel while drunk. A survey of Californians found that over 10 percent of citizens drive even though they know they have had too much to drink.

A Note On Minors

California has still penalties for clerks, bartenders, and servers who sell alcohol to minors. While the state Legislature has weakened most dram shop and liquor liability laws, they did not do so for the provisions that allow civil actions against those who serve minors. They could be held liable if someone they sell to gets drunk and injures someone.

What You Can Do

If you or a loved one have been injured by a drunk driver, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. We know how hard it can be to deal with injuries while trying to reach a settlement with insurance companies.

At Allegiance Law, we will work to ensure that insurance companies and other parties involved get you all the money you need for your accident-related expenses. This does not mean simply covering your medical bills. This also includes money for income you lose if you miss working as well as punitive damages against the negligent party.

When you need a drunk driving accident attorney in San Francisco, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395 for a free consultation.

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