California – March 15, 2021

Three people died and six others were injured when a 71-year-old resident of the city of San Diego who was driving while intoxicated ran them over with his car near a community college.   He is under arrest for three counts of vehicular manslaughter, five counts of causing great bodily injury while committing a felony, and one count of felony DUI. Multiple ambulances arrived at the scene to attend to the victims and transport them to nearby hospitals.  An accident attorney is a valuable resource when a family member is lost to an automobile accident in San Diego.  If drunk driving can be proven, there may be a case for negligence supported by California DUI laws.  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.

Car Insurance and liability.

California law requires that drivers have a way to cover costs related to damages or injuries caused in a car accident. Purchasing liability car insurance is the simplest and most common way people choose to meet this requirement.  Under California law, everyone is responsible for willful acts and accidents that occur during ordinary care, and drivers are responsible for any part of activities that led to injury.  Compensation will be adjusted in accordance with a percentage of fault assigned to each driver.  If a criminal offense, such as a DUI, or speeding, or both, caused the accident, a car accident attorney in California will be able to assist victims in the recovery of necessary damages to cover accident-related expenses and disruptions to their lives, especially if loved ones suffered fatal injury.

Wrongful death and personal injury damages.

Damages related to harmful injury and wrongful death after car accidents are usually paid out by insurance companies who gave liability coverage to the entity, or person who was negligent. Damages may include medical bills, future care, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral and burial expenses and future impacts to financial stability to surviving loved ones along with loss of companionship. Punitive damages may be awarded in criminal actions that may have caused the death.  A skilled personal injury lawyer can assist with damage recovery for both economic and punitive awards.

Hire an attorney.

Seek counsel at Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates immediately after a fatal accident for guidance on how to navigate through the tragic period.  Accident attorneys can proceed in filing wrongful death actions (within the two-year period from the date a person died) that will enable compensation to pay bills related to funerals, emergent hospital care and negative financial impacts to family members.

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://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/watch-live-multiple-people-injured-after-accident-near-san-diego-city-college-bridge/ar-BB1eC38t

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

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1785

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