Jeremy Williams, 24, was killed in a car accident in Los Angeles the morning of June 20, 2010. CBS News reports that the collision involved multiple victims. Williams was ejected to the southbound side of the freeway and was struck by another vehicle. Three people were also injured in the crash. California Highway Patrol officials arrested two on suspicion of drunk driving. Officials are still looking into what caused this deadly car accident.
My heart goes out to everybody who knew and loved Jeremy Williams for their terrible loss. I also wish the three injured victims here the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there was one fatality and nine injuries involving DUI collisions in Vernon. In Los Angeles County, alcohol-related crashes claimed 258 lived and injured 4,832 during the same year.
California’s DUI Laws
It is illegal in California to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a). A driver whose act of driving under the influence results in the death of another will likely face vehicular manslaughter charges under California Penal Code section 191.5 (a) which states: “Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought, in the driving of a vehicle, where the driving was in violation of Section 23140, 23152, or 23153 of the Vehicle Code, and the killing was either the proximate result of the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony, and with gross negligence, or the proximate result of the commission of a lawful act that might produce death, in an unlawful manner, and with gross negligence.”
Fault and Liability
Injured victims or families of deceased victims in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Los Angeles, who will better advise them about their legal rights and options. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer should also inform victims and their families about how their auto insurance policy might apply to the accident if the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured. For more information about how to prevent DUI collisions, please visit www.madd.org.
What steps do you take to avoid drunk driving and to avoid getting hit by drunk drivers?
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.