A chain-reaction Riverside car accident, which sent four people to the hospital with injuries the afternoon of May 3, 2010, is being blamed on a drunk driver. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the injury collision occurred near the intersection of Big Morongo Canyon Road and Highway 62 in Morongo Valley. The suspected drunk driver, 42-year-old Michelle Webster, was driving a 2006 Jeep Commander south on Big Morongo Canyon.
California Highway Patrol officials say Webster failed to yield right-of-way and drove directly into the path of a 2002 Ford Focus occupied by driver, 18-year-old Krysta Curry, and passenger, 19-year-old Risto Ramey. The impact of the crash pushed the Focus to the eastbound lanes of Highway 62, where it struck a 2005 Toyota Corolla head-on. The Toyota was being driven by 31-year-old Karen Alvarez. Everyone involved was taken to an area hospital with injuries ranging from abrasions to bone fractures. An investigation is ongoing.
It is indeed fortunate that no one was catastrophically injured or killed in this wreck. Officials attribute that to the airbags deploying in all of the vehicles. I wish the injured victims here the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to CHP’s 2008 traffic accident statistics, there were 52 deaths and 426 injuries involving DUI collisions in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County. Also, countywide, alcohol-related crashes claimed 101 lives and injured 1,090 people in 2008.
Laws and Liability Issues
Driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher is a serious crime under 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.” According to this news report, Webster also failed to yield right-of-way at the intersection, thereby triggering the chain-reaction crash.
In such cases, the injured victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of holding drunk drivers financially responsible for the injuries and damages they have caused. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to advise accident victims about how their own car insurance policy applies to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.
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