Four people were taken to the hospital with injuries after two Los Angeles auto accidents on the Interstate 5 occurred the morning of March 7, 2009 in Castaic involving a suspected drunk driver, The Signal newspaper reports. Two traffic accidents occurred on the freeway, but California Highway Patrol officials say one was caused by the other. The chain of events started when a sedan and a tractor trailer collided on the southbound 5 Freeway near Templin Highway. About two minutes later the first accident led to a second collision involving a pickup truck, an SUV, another sedan and the tractor trailer already at the site.
CHP officials arrested the male driver of the sedan in the first collision on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. That man was injured in the second collision because he stepped out of the vehicle after the first collision. He, along with the driver of the sedan involved in the second crash and two passengers in that vehicle, were taken to the hospital with injuries. Authorities are still investigating this accident.
I’m glad that no one suffered catastrophic or fatal injuries in this auto accident. I wish the injured victims the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2006 traffic accident statistics, there were 748 auto accident related fatalities and 57,069 injuries involving motor vehicle accidents in Los Angeles County. Out of these, 276 deaths and 5,057 injuries were alcohol-related accidents.
It is illegal in the state of California to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) states: “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.” It is illegal for any person with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more to drive a vehicle.
The victims of this would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced California auto accident lawyer, who will protect their legal rights and help them secure the compensation they rightfully deserve. Such compensation could cover medical costs and expenses, lost wages, property damage and other related expenses.