Six people were injured in a car accident, which officials say, may have involved a drunk driver. Those injured, including the suspected drunk driver, have been identified as: Emmanuel Corona and Anthony Fusaro, both 26, Tiffany Canderday, 17, Michelle Canderday, 21, Megan Espinosa, 19, and Fernando Ramirez, 31. According to a news report in The Daily Democrat, the serious injury accident occurred on State Route 128 near Pleasant Valley Road in Woodland the night of April 10, 2011.
California Highway Patrol officials say that Ramirez made an unsafe turning movement, crossed a double-yellow line and crashed his 1996 Honda Accord head-on into Espinosa’s Toyota Camry. The injuries suffered by the six victims range from major to minor. Ramirez was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
My thoughts and prayers are with the many injured victims of this DUI accident. I wish them all a quick and complete recovery.
According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), two people were killed and 13 were injured in DUI collisions in Woodland. During the same year, 12 fatalities and 94 injuries occurred due to alcohol-related crashes in Yolo County.
Drunk Driving Laws in California
Based on this news report, the driver, Ramirez, crossed into opposing lanes of traffic and caused the crash. California Vehicle Code Section 21651 (a): “Whenever a highway has been divided into two or more roadways by means of intermittent barriers or by means of a dividing section of not less than two feet in width, either unpaved or delineated by curbs, double-parallel lines, or other markings on the roadway, it is unlawful…to drive any vehicle over, upon, or across the dividing section.”
In addition, officials suspect that Ramirez was driving under the influence. 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.”
Protecting Victims’ Rights
In such cases, where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, it would be in the best interests of injured victims to seek the counsel of a reputed California personal injury lawyer, who has the experience and a successful track record holding drunk drivers financially responsible. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also advise victims about how their car insurance policy might apply to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured. For more information about the dangers of drunk driving, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at www.madd.org.
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