Gerardo Perez, 32, suffered severe leg injuries in a San Diego car accident after he was struck by a suspected drunk driver near State Route 163 the morning of September 15, 2009. According to a 10news report, Perez was driving south on the highway when his 2000 Toyota Corolla came to a stop in the right-most lane. California Highway Patrol officials said Perez was pushing his vehicle onto the shoulder when he and his car were hit by a 1988 Honda Accord driven by 39-year-old Charlene June Festa. She was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving.
This car accident is yet another reminder to all of us about the dangers we face on the road. Any one of us could have gotten into such a situation where our car stalled and we’re trying to get it off the roadway. Perez was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m relieved, however, that he did not suffer life-threatening injuries in this crash. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep him in your prayers.
San Diego DUI Car Accident Statistics
According to the California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 41 fatalities and 894 injuries were reported as a result of alcohol-related car accidents in San Diego, California. In all of San Diego County, 116 deaths and 2,068 injuries occurred in 2007 involving alcohol-related car accidents.
California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) states: “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 code section also states that it is illegal for any person with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more to drive a vehicle.
California Car Accident Law
Driving under the influence or drugs is a serious crime in California. In this California car accident, Festa is facing a felony DUI charge, which could, for her, mean jail time, probation and other hefty penalties. In addition to criminal charges, Festa could also be held civilly liable for causing Perez’s severe leg injuries. In cases where victims are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, they could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, future treatment and even cost of long-term care if that becomes necessary.
Perez would be well-advised to consult with a reputed California personal injury lawyer with experience and a successful track record handling car accident cases involving drunk drivers. A skilled car accident attorney can help hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions and get victims fair compensation for their injuries, damages and loss. The California car accident lawyers at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys have represented many clients over the years injured by drunk drivers. Those whom we have pursued financially on behalf of our clients will tell you that it was never worth it to drink and drive.