Two women were injured in a San Diego car accident after they were hit by a suspected drunk driver, the early morning of October 14, 2011. According to a 10News report, the pedestrian collision occurred on 63rd Street, near San Diego State University, when a driver, who officials say, was traveling at twice the speed limit, struck them. The women, who are both in their 20s, were dragged about 30 feet through the intersection. The driver stopped at the scene Officers arrested the male driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to the injured victims of this pedestrian accident. I wish them both the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
DUI Collisions in San Diego
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 27 fatalities and 748 injuries involving alcohol-related crashes in San Diego. Also, countywide, 103 people died and 1,754 were injured due to DUI collisions, during the same year.
Speed and Alcohol Were Factors
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver was not only speeding, but also driving under the influence, both of which are serious violations of the law. California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a).
Fault and Liability
If the driver is determined to have been at fault, he can, in addition to facing criminal charges, be held financially responsible for the victims’ injuries. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of holding drunk drivers accountable. 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.