Saturday, June 20, 2009

Compton Car Accidents Linked to DUIs and Red-Light Runners

Compton in Los Angeles County, California is one of the most dangerous suburban areas in the U.S. In the last few years, a drop in housing prices has attracted many middle-class residents to the city and crime has gone down. Unfortunately, many Compton car accident attorneys will confirm that car crashes are still a problem due to motorists who run red lights and those who get behind wheel after they've consumed too much alcohol.

Cumulative car accident statistics as far back as 2001 to 2003 reveal that Compton experienced a total of 26 fatal car collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This averages out to 2.8 fatal Compton car crashes per 10,000 people, which, although below the national average, leaves much room for improvement.

Moving ahead a few years, statistics compiled by the California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) showed that in 2006, nine people lost their lives and 359 people were injured in Compton car crashes. Three pedestrians were killed and 27 were personally injured in motor vehicle mishaps. And bicycle accidents injured 18. In addition, motorcycle accidents killed one and injured 20 people. Those who insisted on drinking and driving caused four deaths and 38 injuries. During the following year, eight car accidents resulted in as many fatalities.

Many Compton car collision lawyers have noted that red-light cameras can be effective in reducing car accidents, since they convince those who might try to outrun a red light to think twice. These cameras often have motion video and still photo capabilities, leaving suspects very little "wiggle room" to avoid paying what many consider a hefty fine.

The success of red-light cameras in other cities throughout the U.S. convinced the city of Compton to introduce its own Red-Light Photo Enforcement program. To reduce the number of car accidents and injuries, the city installed red-light cameras at critical crash-prone intersections. Camera locations include Alondra and Willowbrook, Compton Blvd. and Willmington Avenue, and Long Beach Blvd. and Rosecrans Avenue.

To further reduce the number of Compton car collisions on its streets, Compton enlisted another powerful crash prevention tool--the sobriety checkpoint. These were conducted during the Winter Holiday Mobilization Period of December 14, 2007 through January 3, 2008; the Labor Day Mobilization Period of August 17, 2008 through September 3, 2008; and one additional checkpoint conducted before September 4, 2008.

The city also implemented Los Angeles County's Avoid the 100 DUI Campaign in 2008, conducting DUI checkpoints on December 19, 20 and 23. In addition, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Compton Station, carried out a number of checkpoint operations throughout the city, implementing DUI Saturation Patrols in July 2008. Officers stopped cars to remove any DUI suspects and also checked for valid driver's licenses and registrations.

Since their founding in 1978, Bisnar Chase lawyers have represented over four thousand people in car, motorcycle, truck, pedestrian and other personal injury cases. The law firm has an "AV" rating, the highest level of professional excellence, by Martindale-Hubble. John Bisnar, who is the author of this article, and his partner Brian Chase each have a "10" Avvo rating, the highest possible. John was named a "Community Hero" by the United Way, while Brian was named a "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2004 and one of the 2007 Top 100 Trial Lawyers. More important than all their top ratings and awards are the testimonials their clients bestow on them. Aren't these the type of guys you want representing you? For more information on Compton car accident lawyers, visit the Bisnar Chase web site or call 1-800-561-4887.

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