A 24-year-old man was killed in a Los Angeles car accident, which police report, involved two drunk drivers. According to a report in The Whittier Daily News, the fatal DUI collision occurred at the intersection of Greenleaf Avenue and Telegraph Road in Santa Fe Springs, during the early hours of October 30, 2011. Officials say the man was driving a Chevrolet Lumina when he collided with a GMC Yukon driven by 32-year-old Juan Mora. The victim appeared to have only suffered a broken leg but he later died at the hospital after his blood pressure dropped. Officials report that both drivers may have been under the influence of alcohol. Mora has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of the man killed in this car accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 27 injuries involving alcohol-related crashes in Santa Fe Springs. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 204 people died and 4,672 were injured due to DUI collisions, during the same year.
What Caused This Fatal Car Accident?
Based on the news report, officials suspect that both Mora and the other driver, in this case the victim, were under the influence of alcohol. Under California law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “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 driver whose act of driving under the influence results in the death of another will likely face vehicular manslaughter charges under California Penal Code Section 191.5 (a).
If Mora is determined to have been at fault, in addition to facing criminal charges, he can be held financially liable for the victim’s wrongful death. The family of the deceased victim in such cases can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, and other related damages. A reputed Los Angeles personal injury lawyer with a successful track record of financially pursuing drunk drivers will be able to better advise families about their legal rights and options. 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.