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San Francisco Area DUI Collision Causes Injuries

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A woman sustained injuries in a DUI collision in the Penngrove area of Petaluma the evening of June 27, 2010. According to a news report in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the collision occurred at the intersection of Petaluma Hill Road and Valley House Drive between a Toyota 4Runner SUV and a Toyota Camry. The female driver of the Camry was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. She is expected to survive. The male driver of the 4Runner was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Three passengers in the 4Runner were uninjured.

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My heart goes out to this injured victim. I’m relieved to hear that she did not sustain life-threatening or catastrophic injuries. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. She will be in my prayers.

DUI Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were four fatalities and 14 injuries involving DUI collisions in Petaluma. It is worth noting that there were four fatal traffic collisions in Petaluma in 2008 and all four involved a driver who was under the influence. In Sonoma County as a whole, alcohol-related car accidents claimed 17 lives and injured 264 people during the same year.

Law Relating to Drunk Driving

Based on this news report, one of the drivers was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, which is a serious crime under California law. 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.”

Compensation Issues

In such cases, it would be in the best interests of the injured victim to contact a reputed San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who has experience and a successful track record of financially pursuing drunk drivers. Injured victims could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, hospitalization, physical therapy and other related expenses. If the at-fault driver does not have car insurance coverage or is underinsured, a skilled car accident lawyer will be able to advise the injured victim about how his or her own auto insurance policy might apply in such a case. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

Do you believe California should require Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs) for all first time DUI offenders? We would like to hear your 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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