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Bakersfield Car Accident Involves Suspected Drunk Driver

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A car accident in Bakersfield involving a suspected drunk driver resulted in injuries for four people the night of April 23, 2011. ABC News reports that the injury drunk driving crash occurred at the intersection of White Lane and Gosford Lane in Bakersfield when 23-year-old April Trugillo, who was driving a Ford pickup truck, ran the red light and struck a Pontiac car. Three people in the Pontiac were transported to a local hospital with injuries. Trugillo was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI.

I truly hope that the victims in this case were not seriously injured. I pray for their quick and full recovery from whatever injuries they have sustained.

Drunk Driving Collisions

There were 35 deaths and 476 injuries involving alcohol-related crashes in Kern County in 2008, according to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In the city of Bakersfield, 14 people were killed and 140 were injured in DUI collisions during the same year.

Laws and Liability Issues

It is illegal under California law to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Also, 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.” The same section also prohibits drivers from operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher. According to this report, Trugillo ran a red light at the intersection, which is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a).

If Trugillo is determined to have been at fault, then, she could be held financially responsible for the injuries caused to the other victims. A reputed Bakersfield personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise drunk driving victims about their legal rights and options. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

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