A Los Angeles car accident on October 8‚ 2010 believed to be caused by a suspected drunk driver led to the death of Sergio Rios Padilla‚ 23‚ who was riding his motorcycle at the time. This fatal Los Angeles County motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Paramount Boulevard and Florence Avenue‚ according to Downey Police Lt. Phil Rego‚ approximately 118 miles north of San Diego.
It is believed that Daniel Sokyra‚ 31‚ was driving a GMC pickup truck when he ran a red light and struck Padilla in the middle of the intersection. Padilla suffered major injuries as a result of the traffic collision. He died shortly thereafter due to his fatal injuries. Sokyra was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony drunken driving causing serious injury.
Based upon the evidence collected at the scene of this Los Angeles County traffic accident‚ Sokyra was driving his truck under the influence of alcohol when he ran a red light. California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a) states: "A driver facing a circular red signal shall stop at the limit line before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or‚ if none‚ then before entering the intersection‚ and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown." In addition‚ California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) states: "It is 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." Where a driver violates these laws and causes a major injury‚ such as a broken bone or an injury that requires a surgery‚ the drunk driver may be charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol causing serious injury.
In this case‚ the Padilla family may file a wrongful death claim against Sykora. Some may ask what is the point; Padilla is dead and a lawsuit will not bring him back. Without bringing a wrongful death lawsuit‚ Sokyra escapes full responsibility for his actions. In addition‚ the Padilla’s have incurred a great deal of monetary and non-monetary damages as a result of their tragic loss. While not completely fixing the problem created by Sokyra’s negligence‚ the claim could compensate them for medical and funeral expenses‚ lost future income‚ loss of love and companionship‚ and other related damages. Padilla’s family should consult and retain an experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer‚ who will stay on top of the investigation and make sure that the negligent parties are held accountable.
We offer our deepest condolences to all those who loved Padilla for such a heart rendering loss.
Ross Jurewitz is a motorcycle accident lawyer in Los Angeles and the managing attorney of the Jurewitz Law Group‚ a California traffic accident law firm dedicated to representing families of people injured in auto accidents. If you or a loved one has been killed or injured in a bike accident in Los Angeles‚ please order your free copy of Mr. Jurewitz’s book‚ The Ultimate California Motorcycle Accident Book: How to Protect Yourself from Day 1. It is full of helpful information that will help you protect your legal rights and it is free to all California residents.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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