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Fatal California DUI Car Accident


A man who was killed in a car accident the night of February 16, 2010, has been identified as 58-year-old Robert G. Roe. The Record-Bee reports that the accident occurred on Highway 20, in Lake County, when 44-year-old Daren Norman, who was driving a Nissan Altima west, crossed over the double yellow lines and crashed head-on into Roe’s Honda Civic. Norman was trying to pass a big rig when he crossed over to opposing lanes of traffic, California Highway Patrol officials said. Roe was pronounced dead at the scene. Norman was severely injured, but has been charged with felony DUI
I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Robert Roe. This must be a devastating loss for his family and friends. This victim’s family will certainly be in my prayers.

Alcohol-Related Crashes

There were three fatalities and 64 injuries involving DUI car accidents in Lake County, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, (SWITRS). Also, countywide, car accidents claimed 14 lives and injured 292 people in 2008.

Drunk Driving Laws

In California it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) states: “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.” A drunk driver may be charged with gross vehicular manslaughter when he or she causes an accident that seriously injures or kills someone else, under California Penal Code Section 191.5 (a).

Claim for Compensation

It would be in the best interests of Roe’s family to seek the legal counsel of an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer who will advise them about how to pursue their legal rights.

The victim’s family in this case could file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover medical/funeral expenses, loss of earnings and other damages. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to advise Roe’s family about how their car insurance policy will apply to an accident involving an uninsured or underinsured driver. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.

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