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Police Officer Injured in Garden Grove DUI Collision

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A police sergeant was injured in an Orange County car accident, which officials say, involved a suspected drunk driver. According to a City News Service report, the DUI collision occurred at the intersection of Euclid Street and Trask Avenue, the night of August 28, 2011. The officer was in an unmarked police car, southbound on Euclid, when a sedan heading east on Trask hit the police vehicle. The collision caused the police car to end up on the center median. The police sergeant and the male driver of the other vehicle were taken to area hospitals for treatment of moderate injuries. The 23-year-old driver of the sedan is expected to be arrested on suspicion of DUI, officials say.

My thoughts and prayers are with the police officer who was injured in this crash. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

DUI Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), nine people were killed and 60 were injured in alcohol-related crashes in Garden Grove. During that same year, there were 62 fatalities and 1,340 injuries reported due to Orange County DUI collisions.

California DUI Law

Based on this news report, the driver of the sedan that hit the police car was under the influence at the time. 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.” Under the same section, it is also illegal for drivers to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher. It appears here that the driver may not have properly yielded right-of-way to the police vehicle at the intersection. I trust officials are looking into that as well.

Liability Issues

Injured victims of negligent drivers may seek financial compensation from the at-fault driver by filing a personal injury claim. Damages that may be covered in the claim include hospital bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Victims of DUI drivers would be well-advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. For more information about the dangers of driving under the influence, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at www.madd.org.

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