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Alcohol-Related Crash in San Diego Causes Injuries

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A car accident in San Diego involving a suspected drunk driver caused moderate injuries to three of his passengers. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the single-car crash involving an orange Dodge Neon occurred on the southbound 15 Freeway’s transition to the 5 Freeway the morning of May 12, 2010.

The driver of the Dodge apparently lost control of his car and slammed into a concrete divider. The car was torn in half because of the impact. Three of the passengers were transported to a local hospital for injuries, which were not life-threatening. The driver has been arrested on suspicion of DUI.

I’m glad to hear that none of the passengers in this vehicle were critically injured. My thoughts and prayers are with these victims. This incident reminds us about the importance of not drinking and driving and also demonstrates the dangers of getting in a vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver.

DUI Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 104 fatalities and 2,033 injuries involving DUI collisions in San Diego County. Also, in the city of San Diego, 34 people died and 907 were injured as a result of alcohol-related crashes during the same year.

Laws and Liability Issues

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.” Under the same statute, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.

In this case, if the driver is determined to have been under the influence, he could be held both civilly and criminally liable for this crash and the injuries caused to the passengers. Injured victims could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages and other related damages. An experienced California personal injury lawyer will also advise accident victims about how their own car insurance policy applies accidents where they are passengers or in a case where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.

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