Four people were injured in a San Diego car accident, which police report, may have involved a drunk driver, the morning of December 4, 2011. According to a news article in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the DUI collision occurred in the eastbound lanes of the Interstate 8, near Waring Road, in Mission Valley. California Highway Patrol officials say a Land Rover rear-ended a Lexus SUV forcing it to spin out of control and go over a center rail divider. Other vehicles were reportedly involved and at least one man was trapped inside an overturned SUV. Two adults and two children were hospitalized following the crash with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Land Rover was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
My thoughts and prayers are with the many injured victims of this crash. I wish them all the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
San Diego DUI Statistics
According to CHP’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 27 people were killed and 748 were injured in alcohol-related crashes in San Diego. During that same year, 103 fatalities and 1,754 injuries occurred due to San Diego County DUI collisions.
California Drunk Driving Laws
Based on this news report, officials say that the driver of the Land Rover was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. 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 it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher.
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, victims of drunk driving would be well advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. Injured victims of negligent drivers can seek compensation for losses including medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. 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.