Maria DeJesus Garcia, 37, was seriously injured in a San Luis Obispo car accident, which officials say, involved a drunk driver. According to a KSBY news report, the major injury DUI collision occurred on Highway 46 near Shandon the night of April 2, 2011. California Highway Patrol officials say 49-year-old Faustino Barcenas was under the influence when he drifted into oncoming traffic on the highway. His vehicle first hit the side of a Nissan Altima, driven by Pablo Elgarrista, 41, and then crashed head-on into Garcia’s vehicle. Garcia and Barcenas both suffered major injuries in the accident. Barcenas was later arrested for felony driving under the influence.
My thoughts and prayers are with Maria DeJesus Garcia following this head-on collision. I wish her a complete and speedy recovery from her injuries.
Drunk Driving Statistics
According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), seven people were killed and 111 were injured as a result of DUI collisions in the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. During the same year, there were 11 fatalities and 199 injuries reported as a result of alcohol-related crashes countywide.
California DUI Laws
Based on this news report, officials say Barcenas was under the influence of alcohol when he entered into opposing traffic lanes and hit the oncoming vehicles. It is illegal under California law to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 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.”
Also, according to 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.”
Victims of drunk drivers may pursue financial compensation for their losses by filing a personal injury claim. Injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Car accident victims would be well-advised to seek the counsel of a reputed California personal injury lawyer, who has the experience and successful track record holding drunk drivers financially responsible for their actions. A skilled accident attorney should also advise victims about how their car insurance policy might apply to an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.
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