Eight people were injured, two critically, in a Los Angeles car accident after a Metro Blue Line train collided with a minivan that was stalled in the train tracks. According to an ABC news report, the minivan versus train accident occurred at the intersection of East 41st Street and Long Beach Avenue the night of December 2, 2010 in South Los Angeles. The two occupants of the stalled minivan were able to get out of the way before the train struck their vehicle. The eight injured train passengers were taken to area hospitals. The driver of the minivan has been arrested on suspicion of felony DUI.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this Los Angeles train accident. I wish them all a complete and speedy recovery from their injuries.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 105 fatalities and 2,252 injuries as a result of DUI collisions in Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 258 people died and 4,832 were injured due to alcohol-related car accidents during the same year.
Drunk Driving Laws
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a serious crime under California law. 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.” In this particular case, it appears that the driver of the minivan was under the influence at the time of the accident.
Victims’ Claim for Compensation
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, injured victims can seek compensation from the at-fault parties for medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Victims would also be well-advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise victims about how their own vehicle insurance policy might apply to an incident where an at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.
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