California – March 20, 2021

A rollover accident on Route 78 near Melrose Drive resulted in injuries to six roadway commuters after multiple motor vehicles were involved in the crash.  One of the drivers at the scene was detained on the suspicion of driving while intoxicated.  Four accident victims were transported to local hospitals, including one who was airlifted to the trauma center. Driving while intoxicated is a criminal act that comes with stringent penalties, and jail time in many cases.  Generally, the negligent party will face criminal charges from the State of California and civil legal action in order to compensate  victims for property damage and physical injury caused by the accident.  Victims who have suffered loss caused by a reckless, drunk driver should talk to a car accident attorney to build a case for damage recovery.  Negligence may not be difficult to prove based on the criminal actions that caused the car accident, but legal representation may yield a positive result when there are multiple injured victims, and a criminal reason that resulted in the car accident.

Negligence and responsibility.

Driving under the influence is a negligent driver action in the State of California and may result in personal injury, property damage, and death.  California is a “fault” state and victims can bring a claim against responsible parties before they file a claim against their own “no-fault” insurance.  Car accident victims, or their families may file insurance claims, initiate legal action, or file wrongful death claims when an injured party dies as a result of the accident named in formal claims within California’s set timeline of two years.

Damages and parties to an action.

When multiple vehicles are involved in an injury accident, there will be multiple parties filing insurance claims, or initiating complicated legal action.  A skilled personal injury attorney can guide victim’s actions and work with multiple insurance companies and attorneys to achieve the best outcomes for their clients.  A DUI charge will impact a negligence defense for these types of car accidents.

Hire an attorney.

A California accident attorney can make a difference between acceptance of insurance awards that barely cover the injuries and property damage, or fighting for a comprehensive financial award that addresses the need for expedient payments for funeral and burial expenses, and expensive replacement of property,  current and future medical bills, lost wages, present and future expenses incurred by all victims to a multi-vehicle accident.  The Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates, and their experienced accident attorneys can assist with insurance claims and formal litigation efforts toward a comprehensive damage award.

 

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://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/story/2021-03-20/six-injured-in-78-crash

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/wcm/connect/a299397a-aad1-4022-a3b2-cedc548339d9/DUI_Fact_Sheet_2003-2013.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

https://www.dmv.org/ca-california/automotive-law/dui.php

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=VEH&sectionNum=23152

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