Two people were seriously injured in a Burbank car accident, which officials say was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news account in The Burbank Leader, the major injury collision occurred the night of September 12, 2012 at the intersection of Olive Avenue and Alameda Avenue. Police say Maritza Luciano, 40, was driving a Jaguar east on Olive when she ran a red light at Alameda and collided with a Ford Explorer SUV.
Two passengers in the SUV were transported to the hospital with major injuries. One of the victims, a 79-year-old woman suffered facial injuries and complained of chest pain. A 66-year-old man suffered lacerations to his eye and upper lip and a spinal injury to his neck. The driver of the Explorer complained of pain to his left wrist. Luciano was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
My heart goes out to the injured victims of this crash. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 27 were injured as a result of DUI crashes in Burbank. During the same year, 197 fatalities and 4,359 injuries were reported due to alcohol-related collisions in Los Angeles County.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news article, it appears that the driver of the Jaguar was not only under the influence at the time, but also ran a red light at the street intersection. Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a), it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a) states: “A driver facing a circular red signal shall stop at the limit line before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown.”
Holding Drunk Drivers Accountable
In such cases, at-fault motorists can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney who has a successful track record of financially pursuing drunk drivers. 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.