David Daly, 59, of Twin Peaks, was injured in a San Bernardino car accident involving a suspected drunk driver, the night of February 7, 2012. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the DUI collision occurred along Highway 18 near Upper Waterman Canyon Road in Crestline. Officials say Heidi Anne Jackson, 47, was under the influence while driving her 2012 Ford Escape and had failed to negotiate a curve, before entering opposing traffic lanes. The Ford then struck Daly’s Honda CRV, which overturned. Both, Daly and Jackson were injured, but the extent of their injuries is not yet known. The victims were transported to a hospital for treatment. Jackson was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence resulting in injury.
My thoughts and prayers are with David Daly who has been injured in this rollover collision. I wish him the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
San Bernardino DUI Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 28 people were killed and 232 were injured as a result of alcohol-related crashes in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Countywide, there were 98 fatalities and 945 injuries reported as a result of DUI collisions, during the same year.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, Jackson was driving under the influence of alcohol, swerving in traffic, and failed to stay in her lane. 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 also states that it is illegal for drivers to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher.
If Jackson is determined to have been at fault here, then, in addition to facing criminal charges, she can be held civilly liable for Daly’s injuries. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and other related damages. Victims of drunk driving crashes would be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer who has a successful track record of financially pursuing DUI drivers. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to accident victims and their families. For more information about the dangers of driving under the influence, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at www.madd.org.