People in San Diego know that the law can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to drunk driving, especially when those drivers cause property damage or even injure or kill another person. In addition to strict criminal penalties for DUI, drunk drivers who harm another person are open to tremendous civil liability. With the help of an experienced California personal injury attorney, car accident victims may be able to obtain significant monetary damages for their losses. But this civil and criminal liability doesn't always stop with just the driver; it may extend to the person who allowed him or her to drink in the first place.
People in San Diego may have heard about a recent controversial court ruling that set a former police officer, who was responsible for causing a car accident that resulted in the death of a 20-year-old in 2011, free on bail. The former officer, a 53-year-old woman, allegedly slammed her vehicle into the back of the victim's car, sending the man's car spinning out of control and ultimately over a steep embankment. After tumbling end-over-end down a 350-foot hill, two passengers in the victim's vehicle were able to escape by kicking out the back windows and scrambling up the hill for help. The driver, though, was unable to be saved and died from his injuries. After an investigation, police found the officer had been driving at over 90 miles-per-hour at the time of the crash, and had a blood alcohol content of .14 percent, nearly twice the legal limit in California.
People in California may have read a controversial news article about hit and run driving laws in California, and how the lack of a sufficiently severe penalty may be contributing to the rise in drivers who flee the scene of a car accident.
There may be nothing more difficult than losing a child, which is why the scene that played out in an El Cajon courtroom earlier this month was particularly emotional. A mother who lost her only son had a chance to confront the 23-year-old woman who was responsible for killing her child in a drunk driving accident. She used her time to speak poignantly and heartbreakingly about the pain her family was going through. "I'm depleted, grieving. I miss my loving son with every fiber of my being," she said.
Suffering an injury or caring for someone injured by a negligent driver can be both physically and emotionally life changing. It is not only important to understand how the event occurred, but it is also crucial that the injured party recovers and heals properly.
People as far south as San Diego and all over the west coast were disturbed by the unsettling story of a drunk driver who plowed into a crowd of pedestrians near a Seattle middle school last month.
A 26-year-old drunk driver allegedly sped through an intersection in California, ignored a traffic light and plowed into two other vehicles. The collision sent several occupants of the vehicles to area hospitals. The car accident occurred at around 9:45 a.m. on a Saturday, which shows that dangerous drivers can be out and causing havoc at any time and any place.
Late last month in Spring Hill, a southern suburb of San Diego, a suspected drunk driver slammed into the back of another vehicle which was stopped at a stop light. The bad news for the driver was that the car he hit was a sheriff's deputy's squad car. The good news was that neither the deputy, nor his police dog, who was also riding in the vehicle, were seriously injured in the car accident.