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Thousands of Lives Could Be Saved by Lowering the Legal BAC Limit

We have been ingrained with the idea that driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) above a 0.08 percent is not only illegal, but dangerous. And, yet, every day, 29 people die in the United States from drunk driving1. Drunk drivers are especially prevalent in California’s cities. Take Los Angeles, for example. In 2015, drunk driving injured or killed 3,300 people. Other big cities, like Sacramento and San Francisco, experienced more than 400 alcohol involved accidents in the same year2. It seems never-ending. Cities are attempting to combat drunk driving by implementing strategies aligning with the Vision Zero campaign. The goal of this campaign is to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries. The National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) supports this movement. They recently released a report recommending the following strategies that could help eliminate drunk driving fatalities and injuries: Lowering the BAC legal limit from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent Increasing alcohol taxes Limiting alcohol availability Dissuading alcohol use through stronger alcohol advertising and marketing Increasing sobriety checkpoints Installation of ignition interlocks for all offenders whose BAC was above the limit Implementing DWI courts and treatments for binge drinking/alcohol use disorders Providing alternative transportation Adopting new in-vehicle technologies that prevent drunk driving When driving impairment can begin as low as 0.02 percent, it makes sense to lower the legal driving BAC limit3. Countries like Austria and Belgium have proven that lowering the BAC limit to 0.05 percent is effective4. By using the strategies outlined above, thousands of lives could be saved a year. It’s time that we do more to protect our motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and all others who may use the road from drunk drivers. Sources: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, “Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem” https://www.nap.edu/resource/24951/011718AlcoholImpairedDrivingfacts.pdf According to California Office of Traffic Safety report that in San Francisco, they had 432 alcohol involved accidents and Sacramento had 429 alcohol involved accident. On Health, “Alcohol Impairment Chart,” https://www.onhealth.com/content/1/alcohol_impairment_chart Research Gate, “The effectiveness of reducing illegal blood alcohol consecration limits for driving: Evidence for lowering the limit to 0.5 BAC” https://www.researchgate.net/publication/6959778_The_effectiveness_of_reducing_illegal_blood_alcohol_concentration_BAC_limits_for_driving_Evidence_for_lowering_the_limit_to_05_BAC

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WLF Bestowed “Guardians of the Streets” Award by SAFE

Damian Kevitt and Bobby Saadian Wilshire Law Firm is proud to announce that we have been given the “Guardian of the Streets” award by Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE), a highly esteemed non-profit organization dedicated to preventing hit-and-run crimes. This award commends our efforts to make the city streets safe for all users – pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists alike – through our legal work with accident victims throughout California and long-standing support of accident prevention advocacy organizations such as SAFE. Recent crash data suggests that hit-and-run crashes are, disturbingly, on the rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of fatal hit-and-run accidents rose from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,449 in 2011. Perhaps more significantly, this is the case even though traffic deaths overall fell 4.5% over the same period. What makes hit-and-run fatalities especially upsetting is that they’re preventable for the most part – in many cases, the victim could’ve survived if only the driver stopped and called for help. Being averse to the carelessness and callousness of hit-and-run drivers, our attorneys fight hard each and every day to help bring these criminals to justice, and also to help find solace for the families whose lives they shatter. In the course of our duties, we work with world-changing visionaries like SAFE Executive Director Damian Kevitt, who is actually a hit-and-run survivor himself. On the morning of February 17, 2013, Damian and his wife were bicycling in a Los Angeles park when he was struck by a mini-van. The driver didn’t stop and dragged him for nearly a quarter mile. As a result, Damian sustained serious injuries to his right leg, which later had to be amputated, and broke over 20 bones. He underwent a total of 11 surgeries, essentially being put back together by a team of doctors. Although he sustained major injuries in a horrific accident that would sink the spirits of any average person, this didn’t stop Damian from doing great things. He not only started Finish the Ride – a large cycling movement that has captured the attention of multiple legislators as well as millions of people around the world – but also went on to find SAFE, which has changed the face of traffic safety in the short time since establishment. We are honored to be acknowledged as a partner by a truly inspiring individual such as Damian. “Together with Damian, I vow to support victims of hit-and-run crimes, raise awareness of this serious issue, and work with like-minded individuals and organizations to coordinate a multifaceted attack on a problem that continues to take the lives of innocent people on an almost daily basis,” said Bobby Saadian, Founding President and Managing Attorney of Wilshire Law Firm.

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Bobby Saadian Joins The National Trial Lawyers Top 100

In commendation of his efforts and accomplishments in the field of personal injury law, The National Trial Lawyers has appointed Attorney Bobby Saadian to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Additionally, the invitation-only organization has elected Bobby to act as the Vice President of the Top 40 under 40 for 2016, of which he has been a member since 2014. The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 only accepts the premier trial lawyers of the nation – the best of the best – into their fold. Their selection process is based on a rigorous and extensive multi-phase process which includes peer nominations and third-party research. Membership is restricted to attorneys “who demonstrate superior leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and public profile” – in other words, attorneys like Bobby. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is extended exclusively to young attorneys who exemplify the most desirable qualities of a trial lawyer. Not only is Bobby Saadian a member of this most prestigious group, but he will also take a key leadership role with the professional organization in the next year. He is proud to join his peers and also to be recognized by them as a top attorney. About Bobby Saadian There are two main reasons why Bobby Saadian has received such high honors: he dedicates his fullest efforts into each and every case and he produces optimal results for his clients. Ever since he opened the doors of his first office in 2007, he has been providing outstanding legal representation as the “People’s Lawyer,” fighting for injured victims who cannot defend themselves. Even though he is already considered a premier attorney in his state, Bobby strives every day to learn and improve so he can better help those in need. Contact Wilshire Law Firm Today If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another party, and are seeking an attorney who can fight aggressively to protect your best interests, look no further. Call Wilshire Law Firm today toll-free at (800) 522-7274 to schedule a free, comprehensive consultation with one of our dedicated legal professionals.

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