Drunk Driving Accidents
Labor Day weekend DUI checkpoints have become an unfortunate but necessary part of our national holiday. Recently, San Diego has seen a serious spike in DUI-related accidents and deaths. DUIs have become such a problem that the District Attorney has dubbed 2015 the city’s “Summer of Shame.” Law enforcement agents were out in force over the holiday weekend, hoping to curb some of the dangerous behavior and potentially stop a few accidents. Read the rest »
One man is under arrest and two women, as well as a pet dog, are dead following a drunk driving crash over the weekend in Bay Park. As reported by Fox 5, investigators believe that the three, who knew each other since high school, were traveling along Friars Road near the Pacific Highway around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, when they swerved and struck a boulder alongside the road. The man who was driving was able to escape the wreckage as it burst into flames, killing the other two female passengers. The driver was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center for minor burns and abrasions. Police indicated that the young man would be placed under arrest for DUI following his stay in the facility. Read the rest »
Uber has embarked on a new project called “Uber Safe,” which allows potential riders to get a free ride if they are over the legal limit. The new program involves a small kiosk where riders can blow into a Breathalyzer to determine their blood alcohol level. If they are over the limit, an Uber driver will take them home free of charge.
This particular feature is currently being tested in Toronto and it could end up in other cities soon. It is unclear, however, if the rides will continue to be free of charge. We will have to wait to see if San Diego gets a similar program or if taxi companies will respond with a plan of their own. Read the rest »
Drunk driving collisions often result in severe injuries and fatalities. In such cases, drunk drivers, in addition to facing criminal charges, can be held civilly liable as well for the injuries and damages they cause. If a drunk driver has hurt you or a loved one in a Carlsbad car accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills, future treatment expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, the cost of rehabilitation, and other related damages.
There are several steps you would be well advised to take in the aftermath of a crash. It is important that you call the authorities. Remain at the crash site and begin collecting evidence, if possible. Take photos of your vehicles and write down the contact information from anyone who witnessed the collision. Make sure your version of the crash is in the report and stay abreast of whether or not the at-fault driver is tested for drugs or alcohol. He or she does not have to be convicted for drunk driving for you to receive compensation, but that could help strengthen your case. Read the rest »
A motorist and a passenger were injured in a suspected driving under the influence (DUI) crash that took place on December 8, on Thibodo Road in Vista. According to a sheriff’s deputy, the suspected drunken driver was driving a Toyota RAV-4 at a high speed when he lost control of the vehicle, rolled his SUV over, and struck several trees along the street.
The passenger suffered major injuries and was immediately rushed to Palomar Medical Center for medical examination along with the driver. Our personal injury law office prays that the injured passenger and driver recover from their injuries quickly. Read the rest »
A child riding a bicycle with his/her mother suffered a broken leg after being struck by a suspected drunken driver on December 1 around 11:51 a.m. in Ocean Beach. According to San Diego Police Officer Matt Gagliardi, this crash took place at the intersection of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and West Point Loma Boulevard.
The child injured in the bicycle collision was immediately taken to a nearby hospital for medical attention and treatment. We are relieved that the mother did not sustain any serious injuries and hope that the child’s broken leg heals quickly. Read the rest »
Robert Gresham, 24, and a 48-year-old motorist sustained major injuries in a suspected driving under the influence (DUI) crash that occurred on November 7 around 8:50 p.m. near the Pala Indian Reservation. Front seat passengers in both of the vehicles sustained minor injuries in this head-on collision.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt, Gresham drove his Toyota Tacoma into the westbound lane and struck a Mercedes E350 head-on. Read the rest »
Two pedestrians, a 19-year-old and 20-year-old, suffered serious injuries after being struck by a drunken 19-year-old motorist on October 28 around 1:45 a.m. in the 700 block of Glencoe Drive in San Diego. San Diego Police Officer David Stafford said that the motorist lost control of his Chevrolet Suburban, drove onto the wrong side, and struck two parked vehicles and two pedestrians.
The 19-year-old pedestrian suffered a head injury while the 20-year-old pedestrian suffered broken ribs and a broken clavicle. Our law office sincerely prays for the complete recovery of the victims injured in this San Diego pedestrian collision. The motorist was later booked on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). Read the rest »
Twenty-six-year-old Odilon Francisco Alcala crashed into three vehicles on September 4 around 4 p.m. near College Boulevard. According to an Oceanside Police statement, Alcala was driving his 2001 Chevy Tahoe when he sideswiped two vehicles that had stopped at a red light on College Boulevard going northbound. After hitting the two vehicles, Alcala rear ended another vehicle that had stopped at the red light waiting to turn onto Oceanside Boulevard.
Fortunately, Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy witnessed the entire accident. As Alcala continued to drive away after the crash, McCoy followed him and later detained Alcala along with his passenger at the 1700 block of Avenida De Suenos. Oceanside Police Captain Fred Armijo said that Alcala later was arrested for felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence. Read the rest »
A female bicyclist suffered injuries when she was run over by a vehicle after she fell from her bicycle on August 29 in North Park. According to an eyewitness, a Ford Focus driven by a white male ran over the woman. He then parked at a nearby 7-11 store and wandered off.
Police officers and responding paramedics found out that the motorist was driving under the influence (DUI) and later arrested him on DUI charges when the male reappeared at the scene. Read the rest »