One person was injured in a San Diego car accident, which officials say, was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the injury car accident occurred the night of October 27, 2010 at the intersection of 48th Street and Polk Avenue in City Heights. Police say Marco Martinez, 20, was under the influence of alcohol when he ran a red light and crashed into three parked cars including a minivan that was pushed into an apartment. Martinez and his passenger sustained moderate injuries in the car accident. Police booked Martinez for DUI and felony reckless driving. Thankfully, no one else was injured.
I am relieved to hear that the family in the apartment was not seriously hurt. My thoughts and prayers are with the injured passenger.
San Diego Alcohol Related Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 34 people were killed and 907 were injured in DUI collisions in San Diego. In San Diego County as a whole, 104 fatalities and 2,033 injuries occurred as a result of alcohol-related car accidents during the same year.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, Martinez broke several laws here. Driving under the influence 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.” Authorities also say he ran a red light, which is a traffic violation under California Vehicle Code Section 21343. In addition, authorities say Martinez was speeding.
California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
Victims of DUI collisions may seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Car accident victims in such cases would be well-advised to contact a reputed San Diego personal injury lawyer, who has the experience and a successful track record holding drunk drivers financially responsible for their actions. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise victims about how their car insurance policy might apply to an incident involving an at-fault party who is uninsured or underinsured. For more information about the dangers of drunk driving, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving web site at www.madd.org.
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