A 61-year-old woman was killed in a Huntington Beach car accident, which officials say, was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a City News Service report, the fatal crash occurred the night of Jan. 1 on Gothard Street near Cedar Avenue. Police say a 2013 Nissan Rogue driven by a 17-year-old male from Westminster drove north in southbound lanes on Gothard and crashed into a 2016 Kia Soul.
The driver and front-seat passenger in the Soul complained of pain. The woman, who was sitting in the back seat of the Kia Soul was fatally injured. The crash is still under investigation. Investigators are looking to speak to witnesses and view available footage from the area. Police are asking anyone with information to call Huntington Beach police at 714-536-5666.
New Year and DUIs
The California Highway Patrol made 348 DUI arrests this year statewide on New Year’s Eve, which is the busiest time when it comes to drunk driving on our roadways. This year, there was a significant increase in the number of DUI arrests compared with 251 last year, which amounts to a 40% increase.
There have been two deadly DUI collisions during the 12-hour span across California this year compared to four last year. The period of time between Christmas and New Year is also the time when officers make the most number of DUI arrests and when we see the most number of alcohol-related crashes.
Laws and Liability Issues
Under California law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Under the same section, it is also against the law to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 % or higher. Drivers who operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can face criminal charges and penalties. At the same time, they can also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause.
Injured victims of DUI collisions can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. If you have lost a loved one in a DUI crash, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries, damages and losses as well. An experienced Orange County DUI victims’ lawyer will be able to fight for victims’ rights, protect their interests and ensure that they receive maximum compensation for their losses.