An 18-year-old passenger was seriously injured Monday morning when a 21-year-old Spring Valley man crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer on Interstate 8 near San Diego. According to a statement from California Highway Patrol’s Officer Travis Garrow, the accident happened around 7:40 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the freeway, west of Crestwood Road, near the Golden Acorn Casino. The driver of the 2013 Subaru WRX was reportedly speeding, when the car slammed into the back of a Kenworth big rig’s flatbed trailer, causing it to veer off the westbound side of the freeway and across the center median before coming to a rest in the eastbound lanes. The driver and passenger were both transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, where the passenger was being treated for major injuries.  The driver sustained minor injuries, but “exhibited signs and symptoms of drug intoxication,” and Highway Patrol officers arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs causing injuries.

Comparative Negligence.

According to the most recent California DUI statistics, there were 1197 alcohol-involved fatalities in 2013 representing almost 40% of fatal crashes in California leading to the need for legal professionals. Driver’s need to take DUI activities more seriously to avoid death to innocent drivers on California roadways.

In California, “everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person…” meaning that if you were responsible for any part of activities that led to injury, the compensation you will receive will be adjusted in accordance with a percentage of fault assigned to you.  If the accident was caused due to driving under the influence, which has criminal charges, the criminal case may have some bearing on the outcome of the personal injury case.

Compensation.

Damages include compensation for replacement, or repair of property, costs incurred from medical professionals treating injuries, lost wages, changes in lifestyle, pain and suffering and wrongful death claims due to personal injury loss. Because the compensation will be based on the award set by a court of law, it is important to keep complete and accurate records of all costs resulting from the accident.

Hire an attorney.

Seek legal counsel immediately after a car crash caused by DUI.  Hire an experienced personal injury attorney, who is familiar with California DUI laws, by contacting the Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates, who can assist with an accident case against the negligent driver.

 

Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates, a Professional Law Corporation

501 West Broadway, Suite 1650

San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-233-8021

Fax: 619-233-3730

 

Sources:

https://statelaws.findlaw.com/california-law/california-negligence-laws.html

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/media_center/statistics

 

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