Four people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident, which official say involved a drunk driver crashing into a laundromat. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the DUI collision occurred at the intersection of Venice Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue near downtown Los Angeles, during the early morning hours of February 27, 2012. A woman who was driving a black Honda Accord at a high rate of speed lost control of her vehicle, struck a parked van and crashed into the laundromat. The driver and three of her passengers were hospitalized following the crash. No one at the laundromat was injured. The most seriously injured victim was a 17-year-old passenger. Officials report that the driver’s blood alcohol level may have been twice the legal limit. She is expected to be booked on suspicion of felony DUI.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this Los Angeles DUI collision. I wish them all the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
Los Angeles DUI Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), alcohol-related crashes in Los Angeles caused 83 fatalities and injured 2,218 people. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 204 people were killed and 4,672 were injured due to DUI collisions, during the same year.
California DUI Law
Based on this news account, the driver of the Honda was under the influence of alcohol when she lost control of her vehicle. 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.” The same section also states that it is illegal for a motorist to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher.
Additionally, the report states that the driver was speeding just before she lost control of her vehicle. According to California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law): “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 on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
In this particular case, the driver, in addition to facing criminal charges, can also be held civilly liable for the injuries and damages caused. The injured passengers can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Injured victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of financially pursuing drunk drivers.