Four people were injured in a San Diego pedestrian accident after a suspected drunk driver veered into the sidewalk to avoid hitting a car that was making a turn. According to this news report, the auto versus pedestrian accident occurred the night of February 28, 2009 at Coronado and Thermal avenues when a 20-year-old woman heading west on Coronado tried to avoid hitting a car making a left on Thermal Avenue.
She instead ran into three adults and one child standing at the corner of the intersection. One of the women apparently suffered severe leg injuries while the others sustained minor injuries, San Diego police officials said. Police arrested the 20-year-old driver who is expected to face criminal driving under the influence (DUI) charges.
I’m relieved that the victims in this incident were not catastrophically or fatally injured. I wish the injured the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
There is no question that the drunk driver in this case should be held criminally and civilly responsible for her negligence and callous disregard for human life. Driving under the influence – specifically driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more– is illegal in California. It is also against California law to drive under the influence of drugs – recreational or prescription.
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.” According to California Highway Patrol’s 2006 traffic accident statistics, there were 37 deaths and 924 injuries as a result of DUI accidents in San Diego.
The victims who were injured in this San Diego DUI pedestrian versus auto accident would be well-advised to consult with a reputed California personal injury attorney to find out more about their legal rights and options. Auto accident victims who suffer serious injuries as a result of others’ negligence are usually entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages and other damages.
A skilled personal injury lawyer should also look into other factors such as a dangerous condition that may exist on the roadway or intersection where the accident occurred. If that is the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway could be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries. Please remember that any claim against a governmental agency in the state of California must be filed within six months of the accident.