Three men were injured, one critically, in a suspected DUI crash in Orange. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred the night of February 2, 2016 at the intersection of East Chapman Avenue and South Rancho Santiago Boulevard. Police say 23-year-old Tyler Williams of Anaheim was driving a pickup truck while intoxicated when he slammed into the back of a vehicle stopped in front of him at a red light.
Three vehicles were involved in the incident with three men injured. Emergency personnel extricated two from their vehicles. Both were trauma patients, but one was in critical condition. The third man suffered relatively minor injuries. Police determined Williams was at fault for the crash and arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this DUI collision. We wish them the very best for a quick and full recovery.
OC DUI Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 86 injuries reported as a result of DUI collisions in the city of Orange. Countywide, 60 people died and 1,235 were injured due to alcohol- and drug-related crashes during the same year.
California Drunk Driving Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that Williams was operating under the influence, which is against California law. 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 to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.
In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held both criminally and civilly liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization and rehabilitation costs, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Injured victims would also be well advised to contact a knowledgeable Orange County personal injury attorney who has successfully financially pursued drunk drivers on behalf of victims and their families.