Juan Ramirez, 58, suffered major injuries in a Sacramento car accident after a suspected drunk driver struck his vehicle, The Fresno Bee reports. Police officials say the collision occurred the night of August 11, 2010 at the intersection of Avenue 14 and Road 29 in Madera County.
A 16-year-old boy driving a 1995 Toyota Avalon eastbound on Avenue 14 hit Ramirez’s 1993 Jeep Cherokee, which was heading north on Road 29. Three passengers in the Jeep sustained minor injuries. The teen driver of the Toyota and his passenger, also 16, were not injured. Officials say the boy left the scene of the crash, but was found and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving without a valid license and for leaving the scene of an accident or hit-and-run.
My heart goes out to Juan Ramirez and the others who were injured in this collision. I wish them all the very best for a quick and complete recovery. They will be in my thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three people were killed and 27 were injured in DUI collisions in Madera. In Madera County as a whole, nine people died and 103 were injured as a result of alcohol-related crashes during the same year.
Violation of Several Laws
If this news report is accurate, the teen driver in this case may have violated several California laws. It is illegal to drive in California without a valid driver’s license. It is illegal to drink if you are under the age of 21. Under California Vehicle Code section 21802 (a) all vehicles must obey stop signs. It appears that the 16-year-old ran a stop sign and struck the Jeep. In addition to all of the above, the teen driver left the scene of the accident. California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”
In such cases, injured victims would be well advised to consult an experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that their legal rights and best interests are preserved. Negligent drivers who break the law must be held criminally and civilly liable for their actions. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also advise victims about how their auto insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run collision or to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.
Do you believe underage drinking is a problem in your community?
The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.