Two men were injured, one critically, in a car crash in Industry the night of December 27, 2015.
According to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the major injury collision occurred at the intersection of Valley Boulevard and Giano Avenue.
Police said one man suffered a possible torn aorta and had to undergo surgery.
The man suspected of driving under the influence was also seriously
injured. Officials have not yet arrested him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the critically injured victim. We wish him the very best for a quick and full recovery.
DUI Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 13 injuries reported as a result of DUI crashes in Industry. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 217 people died and 4,251 were injured due to crashes involving impaired drivers during the same year.
DUI Laws in California
Based on this news report, officials believe one of the drivers involved in this crash was impaired at the time although they haven’t arrested anyone just yet. Under California law, it is illegal to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. It is also illegal to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher.
California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) states: “It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle.” A suspected drunk driver who causes a fatal crash can face vehicular manslaughter or even murder charges depending on the circumstances and the driver’s prior history.
In addition to facing criminal charges, DUI drivers can also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims can also file a wrongful death claim seeking damages.
An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to help injured victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.