A car accident in Long Beach left famous jazz saxophonist Boney James with serious injuries the night of March 15, 2010. According to KTLA News, James, 48, was driving home on the 405 Freeway after playing in an Orange County jazz festival when his car was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver. He sustained several facial injuries that required stitches. An investigation is ongoing.
It is indeed fortunate that James did not suffer major injuries in this crash. I sincerely hope that he has a quick and full recovery.
Long Beach Car Accidents
There were 27 fatalities and 1,881 injuries involving car accidents in Long Beach, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Of those accidents, nine fatalities and 186 injuries were caused by DUI collisions, the report states.
Laws and Liability Issues
Driving under the influence is a serious crime under California law. 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.”
In this particular case, officials are possibly investigating what caused this driver to rear-end James’ vehicle. It appears they have reason to believe that the driver was under the influence. If that is determined to have been the case, the driver could face serious criminal charges and could be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages caused. In such cases, injured victims could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages.
An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims in such cases about their legal rights an options. A skilled car accident lawyer will also advise victims and their families about how their own car insurance policy applies in a case where the negligent or at-fault driver lacks insurance or doesn’t have sufficient insurance to cover the damages.
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