Five people were injured in an Orange County car accident involving a speeding vehicle, which officials say was driven by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the DUI collision occurred on Gilbert Street near Ball Road in Anaheim, the night of July 20, 2012. Police stated the driver of a Volkswagen Passat was under the influence and speeding when he collided with a Nissan Altima. Four occupants of the Volkswagen and the driver of the Nissan suffered major injuries. The driver of the Volkswagen was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
My thoughts and prayers are with the five injured victims of this Orange County accident. I wish them all the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
Orange County DUI Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 10 people were killed and 176 were injured in Anaheim a href=”http://www.bestattorney.com/dui/drunk-driving-murder.html” target=”_blank”>drunk driving crashesin 2009. During that same year, there were 62 fatalities and 1,340 injuries reported as a result of Orange County DUI crashes.
Speed and Alcohol
Based on this news report, officials say that the at-fault driver was speeding and under the influence at the time of the crash. According to California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law): “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 on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) makes it “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.”
In cases involving negligence and wrongdoing, injured victims would be well advised to protect their best interests by speaking with an experienced Orange County personal injury attorney. The at-fault driver, in addition to facing criminal charges, can be held accountable for the victim’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, hospitalization costs and other related damages. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.