At least four people were injured in a Fullerton car crash, which officials say, was caused by a suspected drunk driver.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury crash occurred after 50-year-old William Murray tried to turn his westbound Ford Excursion SUV left from Chapman Avenue onto Commonwealth Avenue the event of May 2, 2014.
The SUV collided head-on with
a Honda Civic traveling east on Chapman.
A woman in Murray’s SUV was transported from the scene in an ambulance before being transported to a trauma center. She suffered internal injuries in her chest, but she is expected to survive.
The man driving the Accord was transported to a local trauma center for internal injuries that are not considered life threatening. His children, a boy about 12 and a girl, 9, were taken to a hospital for cuts and scrapes. Murray was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
It is indeed fortunate that no one was critically injury in this crash. We wish all the injured victims the very best for a speedy and full recovery. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 56 injuries reported as a result of DUI collisions in the city of Fullerton.
In Orange County as a whole, 56 fatalities and 1,346 injuries were reported as a result of alcohol-related crashes during the same year.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the SUV was not only under the influence, but also turned his vehicle in front of an oncoming vehicle at a street intersection. Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a), it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
California Vehicle Code Section 21801 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
In such cases, in addition to facing criminal charges, DUI drivers can also be held civilly liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Fullerton personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.