Two people were injured in a San Diego car accident, which police say, may have involved two drunk drivers. According to a 10News report, the injury car accident occurred at the intersection of Pendleton Street and Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach the night of November 16, 2010. Two occupants of a Toyota Corolla were injured when a Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 25-year-old woman broadsided it. The 26-year-old male driver of the Corolla and a male passenger in the car sustained broken bones. Both, the driver of the Jetta and the driver of the Corolla face alcohol-related charges.
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone injured in this San Diego car accident. I wish them a complete and speedy recovery.
San Diego DUI Collisions
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 34 people were killed and 907 were injured due to DUI collisions in the city of San Diego. In San Diego County as a whole, 104 fatalities and 2,033 injuries were reported involving alcohol-related car accidents in 2008.
Drunk Driving Laws
Based on this news report, both drivers are suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” The same section of the law also states that it is illegal for anyone to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.
Injured victims of drunk drivers may pursue compensation for their injuries, damages and losses. For example, the injured passengers in this car accident could claim compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages. Drivers who choose to operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can be prosecuted criminally and be held civilly responsible for the damages they cause.
Car accident victims would also be well-advised to seek the counsel of a reputed San Diego personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of financially pursuing drunk drivers. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer should be able to better advise victims about how their own car insurance policy applies in a case where the suspected drunk driver is uninsured or underinsured. For more information about the dangers of drunk driving, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving web site at www.madd.org.
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