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DUI Collision in Joshua Tree Causes Injuries

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Bruce Grund, 58, Christina Grund and Amy Bowser sustained injuries in a DUI collision after a suspected drunk driver ran a red light and collided with their car the morning of June 13, 2010, officials said. According to a news report in the Hi Desert Star, 41-year-old Sheila Paderes drove a 2005 Dodge Neon right through the intersection of Park Boulevard and Twentynine Palms Highway, and directly into the path of a 2003 Chevy Silverado driven by Bruce Grund. He, Christina Grund and Bowser were all transported to a local hospital with injuries. Paderes was arrested on suspicion of DUI, driving without auto insurance and driving with a suspended license. Paderes apparently pleaded guilty to two charges of DUI in 2008.

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My heart goes out to the three injured victims who were unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time. I wish them all the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 107 fatalities and 1,925 injuries involving car accidents in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Also, countywide, 263 people died and 8,504 were injured in car accidents during the same year.

Violations of the Law

It is illegal under California law to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher. Officials say Paderes was driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit. 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.” Running a red light is also a serious violation under California Vehicle Code section 21453 (a).

Compensation for the Injured

The injured victims in this case would be well-advised to consult with an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who has a stellar reputation of holding drunk and negligent drivers accountable for their actions. In this case, Paderes neither had a valid driver’s license nor auto insurance.

This is where uninsured motorist coverage becomes very important. If you have this type of coverage as part of your car insurance, then your insurance company should step up and compensate for an accident where the at-fault driver does not have insurance or lacks sufficient coverage. That said, dealing with insurance companies is a tedious and complex process in itself. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will be able to advise injured victims about the best course of action in such tough situations. For more information about the dangers of drunk driving, please also visit Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s website at www.madd.org.

Should California start requiring ignition interlock devices for first-time DUI offenders? We would like to hear your thoughts and opinions on this issue.

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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