Three people were injured in a car accident in Tarzana, which officials say, involved a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the crash occurred the afternoon of March 5, 2017 near North Yolanda Avenue and Clark Street. Police said a blue Honda Civic was traveling west on Clark Street at 50 mph in a 25-mph zone. The car struck several parked vehicles and a total of three people including two pedestrians and a woman in her car.
All three victims were transported to a local hospital. One person was listed in critical condition while the other two suffered serious injuries. Police said all three are expected to survive. The driver was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence. As the police escorted the man to a patrol car, he apparently looked at TV cameras recording the accident scene and told them to “Make it go viral.” The driver reportedly refused to submit to tests to determine his blood alcohol concentration.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the three victims of this DUI crash who have suffered severe injuries. We wish them the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Honda was driving at an excessive rate of speed and was operating his motor vehicle under the influence, both violations of the California Vehicle Code. The law prohibits drivers from operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher.
California Vehicle Code section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
Justice for Victims
In addition to facing criminal charges, DUI drivers can be held civilly liable for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. Injured victims can seek compensation from at-fault drivers for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Victims in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who has successfully represented injured plaintiffs against DUI drivers.