Drunk Driver Causes Deadly Accident on 60 Freeway
Posted: Mar 02, 2020
Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming copious amounts of alcohol is always a bad idea with potential life-altering ramifications. A prime example was the tragic car accident that occurred on the 60 Freeway in Industry. Four people suffered serious bodily injuries and one person died, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, due to an intoxicated motorist.
Reports indicate that the intoxicated motorist left the scene of the accident. Fortunately, the motorist was later apprehended by authorities and has been charged criminally on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit-and-run.
Ramifications of Drunk Driving
Driving under the influence of alcohol, drug, etc. is considered to be one of the most flagrant and abhorrent acts a motorist can commit. Despite recognizing the dangers of this act, thousands of motorists throw caution to the wind and operate their vehicle after consuming large quantities of alcohol each year. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2015, more than 17,000 car accidents reportedly involved a motorist who had consumed alcohol while more than 12,000 accidents were caused by an intoxicated driver.
If You are Injured by a Drunk Driver
If you, or a family member, have suffered serious injuries due to an accident caused by a drunk driver, it is important to take certain steps to protect your legal rights. It is important to contact law enforcement as they will provide vital documentation concerning the accident. In addition, if the negligent driver was intoxicated, the police would have the opportunity to file criminal charges for this illegal act.
If you were not transported to the hospital by an ambulance, make sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Getting medical treatment shortly after an accident can help reduce the risk of debilitating or permanent bodily injuries. Immediate medical care can also help identify injuries that may not be readily apparent (e.g., concussion or other head injury).
Once you have received medical treatment, take the time to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer to schedule a free, confidential case review.
How Liability is Established in a Drunk Driving Accident
Liability is an important component of a viable car accident injury claim. Establishing liability focuses on which motorist, or motorists, were negligent. Under California law, all motorists are legally required to operate an automobile with "reasonable care. The decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking is a prime example of failing to use reasonable care. Hence, having evidence of the other driver’s negligence (e.g., a police report) will go a long way in establishing liability.
Once liability is established, it creates an opportunity for you to pursue financial restitution for your harms and losses. This includes seeking restitution for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Have Questions? Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved has been seriously injured in a car accident caused by the reckless or irresponsible conduct of another motorist, it is in your best interest to contact a Los Angeles car accident lawyer to discuss your legal options.
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