One person was killed in a suspected multi-vehicle DUI collision on Highway 154 the evening of September 15, 2010. According to a KSBY news report, a female driver who may have been driving under the influence caused the crash. The driver sustained critical injuries while another person was killed. Several other motorists sustained injuries in the accident that involved seven vehicles, California Highway Patrol officials say. The woman was driving in the eastbound lane of the San Marcos Pass when she hit another car triggering a chain-reaction crash. An investigation is ongoing.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 35 people were killed and 1,952 people were injured in Santa Barbara County car accidents. Also, countywide, 19 deaths and 287 injuries were reported as a result of DUI accidents during the same year.
California DUI Laws
It is illegal to drive in California with 0.08 percent blood alcohol content level or higher. 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.”
If it is determined that the female driver who caused this crash was under the influence of alcohol, she may be held liable for the wrongful death of the victim and the injuries caused to others. Injured victims in such cases could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages.
Victims or their families would be well-advised to contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. In any serious injury incident involving multiple vehicles and several victims, dealing with attorneys and insurance companies can be quite a challenge. Victims would be well-advised not to enter into agreements or sign any papers until they have first talked to a knowledgeable injury lawyer who will help protect their best interests and legal rights.
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