Three people were injured in an Orange County car accident the afternoon of September 1, 2010, which officials say, was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred on the 57 Freeway between Chapman and Nutwood avenues in Fullerton.
Three vehicles, a Jaguar, Camry and Honda, in the northbound carpool lane of the freeway slowed down for traffic ahead, when a Chevy pickup truck traveling behind the cars failed to see the slowing traffic and rear-ended the Honda. The force of the collision pushed the Honda into the Camry and the Camry into the Jaguar. Robert Rios, 33, the driver of the pickup was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Rios’ passenger and two people in the Honda sustained moderate injuries in this crash, California Highway Patrol officials said.
I’m relieved to hear that no one was fatally injured in this car accident. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in this crash. I wish the injured victims of this collision a quick and complete recovery.
Drunk Driving Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 66 were injured in DUI collisions in Fullerton. In Orange County as a whole, 62 deaths and 1,492 injuries were reported as a result of alcohol-related crashes during the same year.
California DUI Law
It is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol under California law. 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.”
Based on this news account, it appears the driver of the Chevy, Robert Rios, also failed to follow CaliforniaVehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law), which 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 and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
Drivers convicted of driving under the influence can be held not only criminally responsible for their actions, but also financially liable for the injuries and damages they cause. Injured victims of DUI collisions would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. For more information about the dangers of drunk driving, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at www.madd.org.
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