An elderly man was killed and two of his family members were injured in a Buena Park crash, which officials suspect was caused by a drunk driver.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, a pickup truck was traveling east on Orangethorpe Avenue the afternoon of May 10, 2015 when it struck the elderly man’s vehicle as it was
exiting the parking lot of an El Torito restaurant west of Valley View Street. Police say the impact killed the elderly man and injured his wife and daughter, sending them both to an area trauma center.
The driver of the pickup truck was also transported to an area hospital where he was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The investigation is ongoing.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the elderly victim of this crash and his injured family members. We wish the two injured victims the very best for a quick and full recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 11 fatalities and 378 injuries reported as a result of Buena Park car accidents.
In Orange County as a whole, 148 people died and 14,029 were injured due to car accidents during the same year. Of those, 56 deaths and 1,346 injuries involved impaired drivers.
Driving Under the Influence
Under California law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 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).
In such cases, in addition to facing criminal charges and penalties, drunk or impaired drivers could be held financially liable for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation.
Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation and pain and suffering.
DUI victims and their families would be well advised to contact a skilled Orange County personal injury attorney who has experience financially pursuing impaired drivers.
The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.