Justin Branch, 23, was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving after he caused a DUI collision the morning of May 16, 2010 in Glendora. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the injury collision occurred on Juanita Avenue at Bruning Avenue. Branch’s passenger, a woman in her 20s, suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. Branch’s car hit and snapped off a light pole, disrupting power to hundreds of local residents. Branch was also booked on suspicion of driving on a suspended license.
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I sympathize with the young woman who has sustained what officials describe as “significant injuries” in this crash. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. She will be in my thoughts and prayers. This incident is an important reminder to all of us to make sure that we never get in a car that is operated by someone who has been drinking or a person we know is intoxicated. This woman is lucky she did not suffer any life-threatening injuries in this collision.
DUI Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two deaths and 26 injuries involving alcohol-related car accidents in Glendora, California. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 258 people died and 4,832 people were injured as a result of DUI crashes in 2008.
Accident Laws and Liability Issues
It is a serious crime under California law to drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs – be it recreational or prescription. If the crash causes serious injuries to a person other than the drunk driver, it is very likely that the driver will face felony criminal charges. 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, if the details of the news account are accurate, the passenger could file a claim against the driver for negligence. In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and other related damages. If the driver lacks insurance or sufficient insurance coverage, the uninsured/underinsured clause of the victim’s own car insurance policy could compensate the injured victim for injuries and damages. The best Los Angeles personal injury lawyers will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.
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