One woman was injured in a Riverside car accident the night of July 4, 2009, according to a KESQ News report. The car crash occurred when a suspected drunk driver hit two cars on Golf Club Drive, just north of Highway 111 in Palm Springs. The female driver then took her 8-year-old daughter and fled the scene. Another passenger was trapped in the car and suffered injuries. It is not clear whether the occupants of the other cars suffered any serious injuries. The suspected drunk driver was apprehended by officials a couple of blocks away from the accident scene. She was charged with drunk driving, hit-and-run and child abuse.
My heart goes out to the victims who were injured in this car accident as a result of the drunk driver’s negligent and reckless behavior. I wish all the injured victims the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were five fatalities and 66 injuries involving alcohol-related car accidents in Palm Springs. In Riverside County as a whole, 129 deaths and 1,279 injuries, in 2007, were attributed to alcohol-related car accidents.
It is not only irresponsible to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but there are serious legal consequences for doing so. 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.”
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident as the result of a negligent driver please consult an experienced car accident attorney with a successful track record of pursuing drunk drivers. A knowledgeable Riverside car accident lawyer will also be able to tell you how the uninsured/underinsured clause of your car insurance policy will apply to a car accident. In cases where another person’s negligence or recklessness causes serious personal injury, an injured victim may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages and future medical care.