Manuel Garcia, 49, sustained fatal injuries in a head-on car accident the evening of April 29, 2010 after his car was struck by a suspected drunk driver on Highway 154 near Circle V Ranch in Santa Barbara County. According to a news report in the Daily Sound, a 42-year-old man, who was driving a Nissan pickup truck, crashed head-on into Garcia’s Toyota Scion. The driver of the Nissan, who has not yet been identified, has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Garcia’s wife, who was a passenger in the Scion, also suffered major injuries.
I offer my deepest condolences to everybody who knew and loved Manuel Garcia for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. They will be in my thoughts and prayers. I also wish Garcia’s wife the very best for a quick and complete recovery from her serious injuries.
There were 19 deaths and 287 injuries involving DUI collisions in Santa Barbara County in 2008, according to California Highway Patrol’s traffic accident statistics. Also, countywide, 35 people died and 1,952 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Drunk Driving Laws
Under California law, it is a serious crime to drive 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.” In this case, the driver of the Nissan could also face gross vehicular manslaughter charges under California Penal Code section 191.5 (a).
Claim for Compensation
If the driver of the Nissan is found guilty, I hope he gets the punishment he deserves in this case. He should not only be held criminally liable, but also financially responsible for the irreparable loss that the Garcia family has suffered. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims can file what is known as a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
In such cases, victims’ families would be well-advised to seek the counsel of a reputed California personal injury lawyer, who has financially pursued drunk drivers on behalf of injured clients. In this accident, the injured wife could also seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings, hospitalization and rehabilitation costs. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.
What penalties should repeat drunk drivers face in California? How can we get these repeat offenders off our roadways?
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