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Fatal Head-on Crash Caused by Suspected Drunk Driver


Robert G. Roe, 58, was killed in a car accident the night of February 16, 2010 after a suspected drunk driver struck him. According to a news report in The Record-Bee, 44-year-old Daren K. Norman was driving a Nissan Altima west on Highway 20. Norman crossed over double yellow lines attempting to overtake a big rig and went head-on into Roe’s Honda Civic hatchback. Roe died at the scene. Norman was taken to a local hospital with major injuries. California Highway Patrol officials say they have reason to believe Norman had been drinking. Norman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Robert Roe for their tragic and devastating loss. I offer my deepest condolences to them. Please keep this grieving family in your prayers.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, (SWITRS), there were three fatalities and 64 injuries involving DUI car accidents in Lake County. Also, countywide, car accidents claimed 14 lives and injured 292 people during the same year.

DUI Laws in California

Driving under the influence is a serious offense under California law. It is illegal to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher. 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.”

A drunk driver may be charged with gross vehicular manslaughter when he or she causes an accident that seriously injures or kills someone else.

California Penal Code Section 191.5 (a): “Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought, in the driving of a vehicle…and the killing was either the proximate result of the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony, and with gross negligence, or the proximate result of the commission of a lawful act that might produce death, in an unlawful manner, and with gross negligence.”

How an Experienced Injury Lawyer Can Help

Roe’s family would be well-advised to retain the services of an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer who will better inform them about their legal rights and options. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims are able to file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover medical/funeral expenses, loss of earnings and other damages. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to advise Roe’s family about how their car insurance policy will apply to an accident involving an uninsured or underinsured driver.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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