Four people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident, after officials say, a vehicle driven by a suspected DUI driver crashed into a fast food restaurant. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the injury car accident occurred at Tom’s Burgers on Cahuenga Boulevard in North Hollywood the morning of January 3, 2010. Police say the driver, 35-year-old Geoffrey Hathaway, lost control of his Infiniti G35 sedan and crashed into the restaurant. Three customers in the restaurant – two adults and a child – sustained injuries, but are expected to survive. Police found numerous aerosol cans inside the car and say Hathaway was under the influence of an “aerosol delivered substance” and speeding when he lost control of his car. He has been arrested on suspicion of DUI.
It is indeed fortunate that this DUI collision did not turn out to be much worse. I’m relieved to hear that the patrons inside the restaurant did not sustain major or life-threatening injuries. I wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 268 people were killed and 25,588 were injured in Los Angeles car accidents. During that same year, there were 667 fatalities and 52,229 injuries reported due to car accidents in Los Angeles County.
What Caused This Car Accident?
Based on this news report, police say Hathaway was not only driving under the influence, but also speeding at the time. According to California Vehicle Code Section 22350, “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.” It is also illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a).
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is apparent, injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. They would also be well-advised to retain the services of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. For more information about the dangers of drunk driving, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving web site at www.madd.org.
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