Two teen pedestrians, both males, suffered serious injuries in a pedestrian accident in Adelanto, which officials say, was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in the Victorville Daily Press, the incident occurred the afternoon of February 28, 2016 at the intersection of Highway 395 and Chamberlaine Way.
Officials are still looking into how the crash occurred, but say one of the two teen pedestrians suffered life threatening injuries. Both pedestrians were transported to area trauma centers for treatment, while two others were taken to a local hospital by ambulance. Officials are still looking into whether the teens were in a crosswalk at the time. One of the drivers was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the severely injured pedestrians and others who were hurt. We wish them all the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 23 fatalities and 217 injuries reported as a result of DUI crashes in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Also, countywide, 86 people died and 897 were injured due to alcohol-related crashes during the same year.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the pedestrians were struck as they were at an intersection. It is unclear as to who had the right-of-way. However, the law requires motorists to stop and yield the right of way to pedestrians who are crossing the street at marked or unmarked crosswalks. Motorists are also required to exercise due care any time they encounter pedestrians on the roadway. In this particular case, it appears that the driver was under the influence at the time. We trust officials are looking into whether his or her impairment caused or contributed to the incident and the pedestrians’ serious injuries.
Justice for Victims
At-fault drivers in such cases, in addition to facing criminal charges, can also be held financially liable for the injuries and damages they cause. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.