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California Hit-and-Run DUI Car Accident


Tyler Carmanati, 20, and Zachary Wilson, 21, sustained injuries in a California car accident the morning of September 6, 2007, which San Luis Obispo police say was caused by a drunk driver. According to a news article in the San Luis Obispo Tribune, 26-year-old Ian James Michaelson is accused of crashing his car into another car occupied by Carmanati and Wilson. Michaelson was headed north on California Boulevard and apparently, speeding, when the crash occurred.

Michaelson’s tires left skid marks that measured more than 90 feet to the point he crashed into the rear of the other car. Michaelson also left the scene of the accident, but police caught up with him and arrested him. He has been charged with drunk driving and felony hit-and-run.

I’m glad that the injured victims–Carmanati and Wilson–did not suffer life-threatening injuries in this DUI car accident. I wish them both a quick and complete recovery.

California DUI Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 45 fatalities and 1,190 injuries reported as a result of car accidents in San Luis Obispo County. Out of those accidents, 15 fatalities and 208 injuries involved alcohol-related car accidents.

It is not only irresponsible and unethical to drive drunk, it is also against California law. 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.” The same code section also states that it is illegal for any person with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more to drive a vehicle.

Hit-and-run or leaving the scene of an accident is also a serious crime. California Vehicle Code section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”

California Personal Injury Lawyer

In such cases, injured victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who will financially pursue the negligent motorist found responsible for the collision and make sure the victims receive fair compensation for their injuries, damages and loss. A skilled California car accident lawyer will also be able to tell victims how the uninsured/underinsured clause of their car insurance policy will apply to a hit-and-run accident or an accident caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver.


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