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Police Chase in Los Angeles Ends in DUI Collision

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Two people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident after a DUI suspect who was being chased by police crashed into two vehicles in the Maywood area. According to a CBS news report, the chase began when callers saw a man passed out on the driver’s seat of a white GMC Yukon near Clara Park in Cudahy, the afternoon of May 3, 2012. Even as police officers were being dispatched to the area, the man started driving the SUV and soon hit two parked cars.

As officers tried to stop the damaged Yukon, the suspect kept driving and went through two red lights. The Yukon then collided with a black Honda Accord and a white Toyota 4Runner at Atlantic Avenue and 55th Street. Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries following the collision and were transported to an area hospital. The driver of the Yukon was arrested and is expected to face several felony charges including drunk driving.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. It is indeed fortunate that they were not seriously injured.

Alcohol-Related Collisions

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 83 fatalities and 2,218 injuries occurred involving DUI collisions in the city of Los Angeles. Countywide, alcohol-related collisions claimed 204 lives and caused 4,672 injuries.

Laws and Liability Issues

Based on this news account, it appears that the driver of the Yukon was under the influence when he started to drive and struck several vehicles including those carrying the injured victims. Under California law, it is illegal to drive a vehicle with blood alcohol concentrations 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.”

In such cases injured victims can seek compensation from the negligent parties for damages including medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, physical therapy, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Injured victims would be well advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of financially pursuing drunk drivers. For more information about the dangers of driving under the influence, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at www.madd.org.

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