Four people were injured, two critically, in a Ventura County car accident, which officials say was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news article in the Ventura County Star, the head-on collision occurred at the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Gonzales Road near Oxnard, the afternoon of August 26, 2012. The injured victims, three adults and one child, were transported to area hospitals. Two of the adults were listed in critical condition. One person was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to the injured victims of this intersection accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), eight fatalities and 80 injuries occurred as a result of alcohol-related crashes in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. During the same year, DUI collisions countywide claimed 19 lives and injured 398 people.
California Drunk Driving Laws
Based on this news account, the head-on collision was caused by a driver who was 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.” Drivers in California are prohibited from driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher.
Holding Drunk Drivers Responsible
In this particular case, the at-fault driver, in addition to facing criminal charges, can be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims, in such cases, can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages and benefits, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Car accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Ventura County personal injury attorney who has a successful track record of financially pursuing drunk drivers. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can better inform victims about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured. 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.