A DUI collision in San Diego caused serious injuries to a motorcyclist the afternoon of May 29, 2010. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the collision between a car and the motorcycle occurred at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Main Street in Chula Vista, when the driver ran a red light, struck the motorcyclist and then fled the scene of the crash.
The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, suffered several fractures and was taken to a local medical center for treatment. His injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening. The female driver was later arrested and charged with DUI causing injury, drug possession and felony hit-and-run.
I’m relieved to hear that the motorcyclist is expected to survive. This could certainly have been a lot worse. I pray that this injured victim recovers quickly and completely.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
There were two fatalities and 51 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in Chula Vista in 2008, according to CHP’s traffic accident statistics. In San Diego County, motorcycle accidents claimed 51 lives and injured 1,081 people in 2008.
California Car Accident Laws
This report indicates that the woman who struck the motorcyclist may have been under the influence at the time, ran a red light and then left the scene of an accident. Running a red light is a serious traffic violation under California Vehicle Code section 21453 (a). Also, 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.”
Hit-and-run or leaving the scene of an accident is also a serious crime. California Vehicle Code section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”
Claim for Compensation
In such cases where negligence and/or wrongdoing are apparent, it would be in the best interests of an injured victim to retain the services of a reputed San Diego personal injury lawyer who has a successful track record of holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions.
Will requiring first-time DUI offenders to install ignition interlock devices (IIDs) in their vehicles, curb DUI accidents? We would like to hear your opinions on this issue.
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