Marine Struck When Helping Disabled Driver, DUI Crash

A marine was struck when he stopped to help a disabled motorist on Interstate 805 (I-805) in the Chollas View area on December 13, 2011, around 2 a.m. According to the California Highway Patrol, the Marine and two others stopped on the southbound connector to eastbound SR-94 when he was hit.

The Marine was struck by a minivan driven by a woman, who was subsequently arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Paramedics took the Good Samaritan to UCSD Medical Center to receive treatment for the injuries suffered.

From the present information, it is quite clear that the reckless driving and irresponsible actions of the motorist led to this serious car wreck that left a Good Samaritan seriously injured. If the motorist is determined to have been at fault in this case, then she could not only face criminal DUI charges but could also be held responsible for the injuries suffered and the damages caused. To drive a vehicle under the influence of alcohol is a direct violation of California traffic laws.

The injured victim’s family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Diego County DUI auto accident lawyer who would help them obtain timely compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, and other accident-related damages.

Our San Diego personal injury law office hopes that the injuries suffered by the Marine do not prove fatal.

Spring Valley DUI Car Accident Seriously Injures Man

One man suffered serious injuries when he was struck badly by a suspected DUI car driver in Spring Valley, an East San Diego County community, on October 16, 2010, around 11:00 a.m. According to California Highway Patrol officer Brian Pennings, Colin Eisner, 33, driving a Ford Contour struck a Toyota Tacoma on State Route 125 (SR-125) close to Jamacha Boulevard.

Pennings said that the Tacoma rolled over several times while the Ford went down an embankment after the crash. The pickup driver suffered serious injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Eisner, fortunately, escaped unhurt and was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

From the facts of the story, it appears that Eisner’s negligence leads to this major San Diego car accident. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”

If after the initial investigation it is found that Eisner caused this drunk driving auto accident, then he should be responsible for the injured victim’s injuries and other damages. The injured victim is entitled to receive compensation to pay for the cost of hospitalization, loss of earnings, medical expenses, and other accident-related damages.

It would be in the interest of the injured victim to seek counsel from an experienced San Diego auto accident lawyer who would ensure that Eisner is held accountable for the offense he committed.

We hope that the driver of the Toyota Tacoma recovers completely from his injuries and is able to return to his activities and family.

Three La Jolla Teens Hurt By Suspected Drunk Driver in San Diego Pedestrian Accident

Ronald Troyer, 67, a suspected drunken, injured three teenagers who were walking on the sidewalk in La Jolla on August 21, 2010 around 6:30 p.m. San Diego authorities reported that the three teens, Alani Agurre, 14, Miles Ploger, and Ian Brininstool, whose ages are not known, were walking on La Jolla Boulevard when a speeding Chrysler New Yorker hit them. Two more teenagers walking with them, fortunately, escaped unhurt.

Alani Agurre was carried for about twenty yards on the top of the car’s hood before he was thrown into the glass window of Cass Street Café and was pinned underneath the car. Agurre sustained serious injuries, including a broken arm and a broken pelvis. All three of the teenagers were immediately transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Troyer was arrested later and charged with felony drunk driving causing injury. A complete investigation is being carried out to know the exact cause of this crash. Troyer has a history of drug and alcohol abuse. It will not be a surprise if he is found to be driving under the influence of any one of these.

Under California law, it is unlawful for anyone to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of any drug or alcohol per California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a). Therefore, the injured teenagers are entitled for a compensation to cover the cost of treatment of injuries, cost of hospitalization, and other related damages. Unfortunately, the magnitude of the injuries is very high in this accident. Troyer, who has a history of past drunk driving arrests and is believed to be homeless, probably does not have adequate insurance to pay for the injuries he has caused. The children’s families would be well advised to confer with an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney.

Costa Mesa Pedestrian Collision Seriously Injured By Drunk Driver

21-year-old Katushka Fischmann of Santa Ana was struck and injured in a serious DUI crash that occurred on August 7, 2011, around 1:45 a.m. at the intersection of Bristol Street and Randolph Avenue in Costa Mesa.

Santa Police reported that Bonnie Yee was driving her Mercedes-Benz north when she struck Fischmann near a crosswalk. Fischmann suffered major head trauma and was immediately transported to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana for treatment.

Police officials later arrested Yee on suspicion of felony driving under the influence. It is indeed an unfortunate thing that due to the negligent and intoxicated driver, a young woman is left in critical condition. Yee will most likely be found to have violated California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) which states that “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”

Unfortunately, the magnitude of injuries suffered by Fischmann is very high and the treatment or recovery time may be long. Fischmann needs to consult with an experienced Orange County pedestrian accident lawyer to learn about her legal rights and options and obtain a timely compensation to cover treatment, hospital and medical costs, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, and other accident-related damages.

Our personal injury law office sincerely hopes that the injuries suffered by the victim do not prove fatal.

Carlsbad DUI Hit-And-Run Car Crash Kills Elderly Bicyclist

A 64-year-old Arthur John Jacobs of Vista was killed by a drunk driver in a hit-and-run crash that occurred on July 27, 2011, around 9:45 p.m. near the intersection of El Camino Real and Cassia Street in North County. According to Carlsbad police Lt. Paul Mendes, a 23-year-old female driver struck the biker and sped away into an apartment complex’s parking lot.

Medical emergency officers responding to the car crash pronounced Jacobs dead at the accident scene. The female motorist was later arrested on the suspicion of manslaughter, drunk driving, and hit-and-run. The driver did the double felony of not only drinking and driving but also fleeing from the scene of accident. Both these actions are a direct violation of California law.

Jacobs’s family members should consult with an experienced San Diego DUI car crash lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights. hit-and-run bicyclist accident attorney will stay abreast of the official investigation and make sure that the negligent driver is held liable for compensation. Jacobs’s family can file a wrongful death claim and obtain compensation from the at-fault party to cover funeral and burial costs, loss of love, care and companionship, and other accident-related damages.

Our law office offers sincere condolences to all those who knew and loved Jacobs for such a heart rendering loss.

Driver Under the Influence Collides with San Diego Firefighter Truck

Yesenia Mitre, 25, collided with a firefighters’ truck and left four firefighters injured. The truck was on its’ way to answer a medical emergency on the morning of June 13, 2010. According to reports, Mitre drove out directly in the lane of traffic the fire truck was traveling in close to Alpine in eastern San Diego County. Due to the collision, the fire truck lost control and hit a pole.

According to the San Diego 6 news report, Mitre was driving under the influence and was arrested. The four firefighters sustained serious injuries while Mitre sustained a broken wrist.

It is indeed an unfortunate thing that due to the negligent and intoxicated driver, the four firefighters were badly injured. It is absolutely insane that instead of giving way to the emergency truck, Mitre drove right into its path. Mitre will most likely be found to have violated California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) which states that “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” Under California law, it is also illegal to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.

San Diego DUI Driver that Killed Mother Found Guilty

An El Cajon jury reached a verdict regarding a Nov. 21, 2009 car crash that killed 35-year old Cydil Deann Kohlmeyer. The guilty driver was sentenced for 15 years on the charges of misdemeanor hit-and-run and gross vehicular manslaughter for driving while intoxicated.

The guilty, 53-year-old Deborah Felix, had fatally injured Kohlmeyer, a mother of three while driving drunk along Pepper Drive in El Cajon. Felix had also managed to strike mailboxes and a pickup after hitting the victim. Felix will be sentenced on May 11 by El Cajon Judge Lantz Lewis. Jurors also found Felix guilty of a sentence-enhancing allegation that she had fled the scene of the accident after committing the crime. According to Felix, she wanted to urinate and had gone farther away from the scene to relieve herself. What a silly and inexcusable reason to leave the scene of the accident!

Our office is in agreement with the verdict and hope that Felix serves all of her time for taking the life of Ms. Kohlmeyer. People driving under influence should be punished harshly. We hope that other drivers learn from this, and restrain themselves from drinking and driving. If a drunk driver is unfortunate enough to cause an accident, please be responsible enough to stay at the scene and try to assist the injured until help arrives.

Woman Arrested for DUI after Fatal Anaheim Car Accident

Cameron Cook, 18, of Ladera Ranch was killed in a fatal Orange County DUI car accident that occurred on April 2, 2011 around 11:40 p.m., south of Katella Avenue along the 57 freeway in Anaheim, approximately 91 miles from San Diego. California Highway Patrol officers reported that Cook was a passenger in a Camaro that was struck by a Honda Civic driven by Ashley Bryan.

California Highway Patrol officer Devon Boatman said that the Camaro spun after being struck and finally came to rest facing north on the right shoulder of No. 5 lane along the southbound 57 freeway. The vehicle was then struck by Bryan’s vehicle, pushing Cook over the edge of an overpass to the ground below. Cook was immediately transported to a local hospital for treatment where he was later pronounced dead.

Officials later arrested Bryan on suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter. From the available information, it is clear that Bryan’s negligent actions lead to this fatal car accident that killed the teenager. It is indeed an unfortunate thing that due to the negligent and intoxicated driver the young teenager lost her life. Bryan will most likely be found to have violated California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) which states that “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”

Cook’s family members should consult with an experienced wrongful death lawyer in Orange County to obtain compensation to pay funeral and burial costs, loss of earnings and financial support, and loss of love and companionship. Our law office offers sincere condolences to all those who knew and loved Cook for their loss.

St. Patrick’s Day Brings Increased Drunk Driving Dangers to San Diego

Drunk driving crashes, unfortunately, happen every day across the country, with many such auto accidents in San Diego happening, as well. However, holidays often see an increase in drunk driving due to festivities and increased access to alcohol.

Of all of these holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is typically seen as the one with the greatest connection to drinking and, in relation, drunk driving. In order to prevent a rash of drunk driving car crashes from breaking out on the holiday this March 17, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is highlighting the dangers everyone needs to know this St. Patrick’s Day.

According to the NHTSA, 103 people died on St. Patrick’s Day in 2009 due to auto accidents, with 37% involving at least one driver who had a blood alcohol content of at least .08%, the legal limit in all states. Because of the high rate of drunk driving, the NHTSA reminds all partygoers to secure a safe ride home that does not involve them driving after indulging in alcohol. All St. Patrick’s Day celebrators should use public transportation or a designated driver to arrive safely home, and should also report all possible drunk drivers to police immediately.

However, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only time when drunk driving happens. The NHTSA reports that over 10,000 people died in the United States in 2010 due to some form of impaired driving and that, on average, someone dies every 51 minutes in a drunk driving crash.
The San Diego drunk driving victim lawyers understand that reckless and dangerous drunk drivers can injure even the most responsible and careful driver in a crash. For more information on how we can aid you in finding compensation for your injuries in a drunk driving crash, contact us today.

Santee Roadway Sign Encourages Drivers Not to Drink and Drive

A new sign reading “Please Don’t Drink and Drive” greets drivers on state Route 125 in Santee, the legacy of a fatal drunk driving crash in 2009 that claimed one life and sent another driver to the hospital with serious injuries. The sign was paid for by the deceased driver’s family, who wanted a way to warn other drivers against causing these preventable car crashes and to remember their loved one.

The sign honors the victim of the 2009 crash, who lost her life when an intoxicated teen driver crashed into her vehicle. The teenager survived the accident, but suffered brain damage including memory loss and blindness in one eye. Now at the age of 21, the driver has joined the fight to eliminate drunk driving and encourage others to drive safe and sober.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (DUI) in San Diego can carry both criminal penalties and civil ones. The families of a motorist, pedestrian, or other person killed in a drunk driving crash may be able to seek compensation in the form of a car accident wrongful death claim against the impaired driver who caused the crash. While financial compensation can’t restore a lost loved one to life, it can make planning for the future easier for those left behind.

If someone you love has lost their life in a drunk driving or other car accident, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced car accident wrongful death attorneys in San Diego to learn more about your legal rights and options. Call us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

Bicyclist Suffers Broken Leg in Riverside DUI Crash

A bicyclist was gravely injured in a serious Riverside DUI car accident that occurred on January 10, 2012, around 12:30 p.m. along the 300 block of East Seventh Street in San Jacinto. According to Riverside County sheriff’s officials, the bicyclist was injured in a traffic collision by 31-year-old Timothy Christopher Jones.

The bicyclist suffered a broken leg and was immediately transported to the nearby hospital for medical treatment. Jones was arrested and booked for investigation of misdemeanor DUI.

Jones will most likely be found to have violated California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) which states that “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” Under California law, it is also illegal to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.

The bicyclist’s family members would be well advised to confer with an experienced Riverside County DUI accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and options. The victim’s family members may file a personal injury claim against the car driver to obtain compensation to cover medical, hospital and treatment cost, and other accident-related damages.

Our personal injury law office hopes that the injuries suffered by the victim heal soon and do not prove fatal.

San Diego Drunk Driver Crashes into Car with Flat Tire on I-5

A San Diego man was injured during the early hours of December 26 after his vehicle was struck by a drunk driver while on the side of Interstate 5 because of a flat tire. The incident occurred around 1:45 am on the northbound 5 freeway in San Diego when a drunk driver struck a Chevy Malibu parked on the side of the road, causing the Malibu to flip over several times, according to 10News.com.

Luckily, the driver of the vehicle only suffered minor wounds, including a cut on his head, and was able to crawl out of the wreckage. The drunk driver was arrested by California Highway Patrol and is now being held in San Diego County Jail. There were no other victims of the crash.

According to a recent study by Insurance.com, San Diego is the number one city in the country for DUI citations. San Diego was named number one for both 2010 and 2011 according to the study, beating out other cities such as Los Angeles and Indianapolis. While the stats do not necessarily mean that the city has more drunk drivers than anywhere else, it does show that there are many who drive under the influence of alcohol in the state every day.

In 2010, drunk driving-related car crashes resulted in 10,228 fatalities total throughout the United States, with 791 of these occurring in California alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Every year, thousands of people are injured by drunk drivers and thousands more are killed. Even as state and local law enforcement continues to crack down on those who choose to drive while intoxicated, it is estimated that a person drives drunk an average of 80 times before he or she is arrested, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers can result in devastating injuries for those victimized. If you or a loved one has been injured by someone driving under the influence of alcohol, the drunk driving victim attorneys in San Diego can help you recover compensation for your losses and injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation on your case.