A 64-year-old man is in critical condition after being injured in an Irvine car accident, which officials suspect was caused by a drunk driver. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred at the intersection of East Yale Loop and Briarwood the night of August 10, 2010. The pedestrian suffered head trauma and broken bones and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Police held the driver to determine if he or she was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. Officials say they have forwarded their investigation to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, which will determine whether to file charges.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the victim of this pedestrian accident. I wish him the very best for a swift and complete recovery from these injuries.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there was one fatality and 24 injuries reported in Irvine as a result of pedestrian accidents. During the same year, 31 people died and 785 were injured due to Orange County pedestrian accidents.
It is illegal in the state of California to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level 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.”
Claim for Compensation
If the driver in this case is determined to have been at-fault, then, he or she could not only face criminal charges, but also be held financially liable for the pedestrian’s critical injuries and losses. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and other related damages. An experienced Irvine personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families about their legal rights and options. For more information about the dangers of drunk driving, please visit MADD’s web site at www.madd.org.
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