California – February 24, 2021

Two small children were injured inside their Mount Hope home after a 22-year-old man driving a Ford Mustang went off the road near State Route 94, down an embankment, and through a fence to crash into their bedroom.  They were taken to the hospital for treatment and the family was temporarily relocated from their damaged home. The driver was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and was under suspicion of DUI according to law enforcement officers.  When individuals suffer personal injury, or harm after an accident caused by the negligent act of driving and drinking, a personal injury attorney can build a case for damage compensation recovery.

Criminal negligence. 

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety Annual Report for 2017, drunk driving fatalities in California increased by more than 16% in 2016 from the previous year, and 22.9% of residents surveyed agreed that drunk driving was the second biggest safety problem in the state. Drivers need to take DUI activities more seriously to avoid personal injury to themselves, and others and to avoid criminal action.

Under California law, “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.  Because 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.  An experienced attorney can review accident reports, and other information that will strengthen a negligence case against the criminal actions of a drunk driver.

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 expenses incurred as a result of the car accident.  A skilled car accident attorney can review these documents to make certain that all damages are covered.

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 effectively build a negligence case against the drunk 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://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=VEH&sectionNum=23152

https://timesofsandiego.com/crime/2021/02/25/2-children-suffer-minor-injuries-when-drunk-driver-in-mustang-crashes-into-mount-hope-home/

https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/documents/california_fy2017_ar.pdf

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

 

 

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