A contract worker for the Los Angeles International Airport was run over by a driver, who officials say, was under the influence. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the incident occurred early morning on November 7, 2013 at the intersection of Sepulveda and Century boulevards near the tunnels that head into the airport. Police said the worker was contracted by the city to change the streetlights at the location and was walking through the tunnel when a pickup truck collided with another vehicle that was towing a warning trailer.
The trailer spun around and struck the worker who was walking. The force of the collision caused the man to be thrown out of his shoes. The worker, who was in his 30s, was taken to an area hospital. He suffered two broken arms and a concussion and has been listed in stable condition. The driver of the pickup truck was arrested on felony DUI charges. The investigation is ongoing.
It is indeed fortunate that the worker did not suffer life-threatening injuries. I wish him the very best for a quick and full recovery.
DUI Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 79 people died and 1,989 were injured due to alcohol-related crashes in the city of Los Angeles. Countywide, 197 fatalities and 4,359 injuries were reported due to drunk driving crashes during the same year.
Drunk Driving Laws
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.” The same section also states that it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher.
Compensation for Victims
When a person is injured on the job, he or she can seek workers’ compensation benefits to cover losses such as medical expenses and lost wages. In addition, third-party claims can also be filed against an individual or entity other than an employer who caused or contributed to the injuries. In this case, the third party would be the suspected drunk driver. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation and pain and suffering. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.