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Giving Back

“What You Have Received, You Should Give Back.”

The members of our firm come from different backgrounds, belief systems, and cultures, but we all agree on one thing—it is better to give than receive! Everyone at Demas Law Group, P.C., has a strong commitment to giving back to the community to help those who might not have as many of life’s blessings as we do, or to help those who want to make a difference in other’s lives.

“We all know we cannot do it alone”, says John Demas. “It takes more than one person to accomplish almost anything. Those of us who have built businesses, raised families, overcome obstacles and reached great goals know that we could not have done it without the help of those who care about us.”

We are privileged to have the opportunity to give back to the communities we serve by supporting several organizations, spanning a variety of causes. Law partners, associates and support staff are encouraged to initiate programs reflecting their own interests, contribute through charitable donations, participate on boards of not-for-profit organizations, and volunteer their time and skills for different causes. We support communities all across the Sacramento area including: Freeport, Rosemont, Riverview, MeadowviewFlorin, Roseville, Yuba City, Davis, Woodland, Elk Grove, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Stockton, and Modesto.

Demas Law Group, P.C., Sponsors the Following Organizations on a Continuous Basis:

  • MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
  • The Green Apple Award Program
  • Light the Night: Free Bike Light Distribution Campaign

Supporting the Community

Demas Law Group, P.C., is offering a Scholarship to a graduating high school senior who has demonstrated a meaningful commitment to improving their local community.

We also make financial contributions to other local, national, and international organizations, such as the American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Ronald McDonald House, Sacramento’s Mustard Seed School, and St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children. You too, can be involved in Demas Law Group, P.C.’s efforts to better the community!

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What is MADD?

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was founded in 1980 by Candy Lightner, a woman who lost her 13-year-old daughter, Cari, to a drunk driver. Lightner quickly found that existing laws not only protected drunk drivers to a great extent but also that she as a victim was not even allowed to look at a driver’s record to determine if he or she had been cited for previous offenses.

Determined to change the face of legislation regarding this societal problem, Lightner, and her friends founded MADD. At that time, 60 percent of all fatal accidents were the result of alcohol.

Victims from all over the country rushed to open local chapters. Today, MADD is one of the largest victim services in the United States and provides help to over 63,000 people each year, whose lives are directly impacted by a drunk driver.

“The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving and support the victims of this violent crime”

Demas Law Group, P.C., Supports MADD

The injury attorneys at Demas Law Group, P.C., in Sacramento fully support MADD’s mission and programs.

Sadly, California drunk drivers do not just affect themselves – in over half of the cases resulting in accidents, they hit other people. For example, of the 1,768 cases in which people died in DUI-related crashes last year, over half involved multiple vehicles.

“Unfortunately, as personal injury attorneys, we see the devastating effects of drunk driving all too often”, says attorney John Demas. “Victims of drunk drivers need all the resources and support they can get. MADD does an excellent job not only at curbing drunk driving but also at providing support to thousands of victims.”

Every year, Demas Law Group, P.C., attorneys and staff raise money to sponsor a team for the “Walk Like MADD” event in Sacramento. All proceeds go directly to MADD for use in helping victims of drunk driving. The Demas Law Group is also partnering with MADD in their education and outreach efforts directed towards teenagers.

How Can You Help?

You can become involved in several ways. First, you can make contributions directly to MADD by visiting their website at www.madd.org. You can also participate in walks organized in dozens of cities throughout the year (information is available on their website). If you cannot attend a walk, you can also sponsor a team as a “virtual walker”!

And please, if you know anyone who has been injured in an accident with a drunk driver, make sure they report it and they get the help they need.

This literature may be considered attorney advertising or an offer of professional services, according to rule 1-400 Rules of Professional Conduct by the State Bar of California. The information does not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of your potential legal matter.

What Is the Green Apple Award Program?

A weak economy and decreased school budgets have forced teachers to spend more of their own earnings to continue making their classroom an enriching environment. Teachers in the United States spent more than $1.33 billion out of pocket on supplies and instructional materials in the 2010-2011 school year alone.

In response to this reality, Demas Law Group, P.C., created the “Green Apple Award Program(GAAP) to recognize our local public school teachers for their commitment, and to ease the financial burden they may face in providing supplies for their classrooms.

Nominate a Teacher

How Does the Green Apple Award Program Work?

  1. Each month during the school year, one teacher from a Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado County public school is selected through a nomination process to receive the “Green Apple Award”, which is a $250 OfficeMax gift for use on classroom supplies.
  2. Exceptional teachers can be nominated by friends, colleagues, administrators, parents, and students.
  3. Nominations can be submitted online here.
  4. Winners and their principals are notified via mail and email.
  5. Teachers are eligible to win only once per school year.

$250 Office Max Gift Card Awarded Each Month to A Public School Teacher in California

Nominate a Teacher Today!

Bicycle Light Giveaway | Keeping Sacramento Safe

Light the Night is a FREE bicycle light giveaway, funded by the Demas Law Group, P.C. In addition to providing the lights, the goal of the campaign is to help educate the public that state law in California requires bicycles to have a front light and rear reflector, at minimum, when riding at night.

The Sacramento “Bike Movement”

USA Today ranked Sacramento in its top ten list of Best US Cycling Towns. As a frequent starting point for the Tour of California, it is no surprise that Sacramento is on this list. The city offers many great biking options, including the 32-mile American River Parkway bike trail. This special trail offers stunning scenery and easy access points so you can hop on and off and enjoy exploring the city. The downtown area is also a popular biking destination in the city, offering a network of bike lanes and green bike zones to make cycling in the city safer.

The city itself has embraced cyclists. Not only is cycling a health form of exercise, but it also limits the amount of pollution released by lowering the number of commuting vehicles. Many local shops and restaurants also support cyclists by providing easy bike access, bike parking and even discounts to cyclists. If you enjoy biking, Sacramento is a leading city for it.

Bike Safety in Sacramento

While bicycle riding has become an extremely popular means of transportation in Sacramento and across the country, statistics reveal that it can also be a dangerous one. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 743 cyclists killed and an estimated 48,000 injured in traffic crashes in 2013. NHTSA data also revealed that cyclist deaths accounted for 2 percent of all traffic fatalities and injuries in traffic crashes in 2013. Sadly the number of bicycle riders killed in 2013 is 1 percent higher than the 734 cyclists killed in 2012. This increase is the third straight increase in cyclist fatalities since 2010.

California is currently ranked 22nd among states for cyclist fatalities with 6.3 fatalities per year per 10,000 cyclists. Sacramento ranks 26th out of the 52 large cities the report surveyed with 5.3 fatalities a year per 10,000 bicycling commuters.

There are other things you can do to keep you safe while riding your bike in Sacramento:

  • Ensure you and your bike are visible, especially at night. Wear reflective clothing and place reflectors and lights on your bike. The law requires cyclists riding at night to have a red reflector visible from the back, a white or yellow reflector visible from the front and a red or white reflector on each side of the bike.
  • Wear safety gear like a helmet. The law requires all riders under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. Older riders do not legally have to, but it will greatly increase your chances of survival if you are involved in an accident.
  • Avoid Impairments – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal, even on a bicycle. You place yourself and others at great risk when you drive under the influence.
  • Avoid Distractions – The law does not allow cyclists to wear earplugs or headsets that cover both ears.
  • Obey Traffic Laws – It is important to remember that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle drivers. This means that you must obey traffic laws and communicate your actions while riding your bike to ensure drivers know what you are doing. This will help keep you safe from a misunderstanding that leads to an accident.

In an effort to combat this rise in cyclist injuries and deaths, the state of California has passed a new law that requires motorists to give bicyclists a 3-foot buffer. If a 3 feet clearance is not available, the driver must slow down and only pass only when it is safe to do so.

Get A Free Bike Light

The team at Demas Law Group, P.C., is committed to making Sacramento a safer place for bicyclists and pedestrians alike. Along with aiding the victims of personal injury, such as being hit by a vehicle while riding a bike, the group also promotes awareness for the rights of bicyclists. Make your ride a little safer today by getting your from the Demas Law Group, P.C. To enter, you need to be a California resident and submit your interest through our web form.

Bike Light Giveaway

This literature may be considered attorney advertising or an offer of professional services, according to rule 1-400 Rules of Professional Conduct by the State Bar of California. The information does not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of your potential legal matter.

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