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San Diego Car Accident Caused by Unsafe Lane Change, Officials Say

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Pejman Sagart, 44, and his passenger were injured in a San Diego car accident involving a suspected drunk driver. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the injury crash occurred on westbound Interstate 8, near North Johnson Avenue, in El Cajon, the morning of August 15, 2011. Police say Sagart was driving a Mustang when a GMC flatbed truck cut him off. The Mustang rear-ended the truck and scaffolding that was on the truck crashed through the Mustang’s windshield. Sagart and his passenger both sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the pickup, 35-year-old Juan Talavera, 35, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this crash. It is indeed fortunate that they escaped with non-life-threatening injuries given the circumstances of the crash. I wish them both a complete and speedy recovery.

DUI Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three people were killed and 51 were injured in alcohol-related crashes in El Cajon. During the same year, there were 103 fatalities and 1,754 injuries reported involving San Diego County DUI collisions.

Violation of Laws

According to the report, the driver of the pickup violated California Vehicle Code Section 21658 by making an unsafe lane change. Additionally, this driver faces drunk driving charges in the incident. 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.”

Liability Issues

In this particular case, the driver of the GMC can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. If this driver was on the job, his employer can also be held civilly liable for the victims’ damages. In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, physical therapy, and pain and suffering.

An experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer will stay abreast of the official investigation on behalf of car accident victims 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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