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EUREKA: Robert Beland Killed, Elizabeth Martin Injured In DUI Car Accident After Truck Crashed Into House On Humboldt Hill Road


Jun 30, 2019

Robert Beland Eureka – Elizabeth Martin Eureka: Robert Beland Killed, Elizabeth Martin Injured In Eureka DUI Car Accident After Truck Crashed Into House On Humboldt Hill Road

EUREKA, CALIFORNIA (June 30, 2019) – A husband and wife identified as Robert Beland and Elizabeth Martin were involved in a DUI car accident after a pickup truck crashed into their house. 

Eureka police are saying that the 25-year-old driver of the Ford F-250 pickup truck was traveling northbound on Humboldt Hill Road at a high rate of speed. 

The driver of the truck veered off the road and went through a parking lot before crashing into the house. Robert Beland and Elizabeth Martin were in their bed sleeping at the time of the accident.

Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help Robert Beland and Elizabeth Martin. Both were transported to the St. Joseph’s Hospital with injuries.

Robert Beland tragically died due to his injuries and Elizabeth Martin is still recovering. Humboldt County police arrested the driver of the pickup truck on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter. 

How Alcohol Affects Driving

According to the Centers For Disease Control, “Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.1 This is one death every 50 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.” There are a number of ways that alcohol affects a person’s ability to drive safely: 

    • Alcohol slows a driver’s reaction time
    • Alcohol impairs visual perception
    • Alcohol impairs a driver’s tracking ability
    • Alcohol impairs a driver’s concentration
    • Alcohol impairs a driver’s comprehension 

Many driver’s get comfortable with drinking and driving. In fact most drivers that eventually get caught for DUI will have driven while intoxicated dozens of times. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be multiple forms of liability for a DUI accident. 

Liability In DUI Car Accidents

It is illegal to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. It is a felony to cause an accident resulting in bodily injury while intoxicated. According to California Vehicle Code 23152, “(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.” If the driver was operating a commercial motor vehicle, they will be considered legally intoxicated if they have a BAC of 0.04 or higher. 

In addition to driver negligence, a company may also be liable for a DUI accident. If, for example, an intoxicated driver was working at the time of an accident they company that they work for could be held liable. Companies are generally held liable for the negligence of their employees – insofar as the employee was working within the course and scope of their job duties. 

The family of any victim that died in an accident with an intoxicated driver may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses, loss of love and pain and suffering. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your options are. 

Investigating A DUI Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Robert Beland. It is our sincere hope that Elizabeth Martin will make a full recovery. There needs to be a thorough investigation into this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the CHP so that justice can be done.

If you or someone that you care about was involved in a car accident with an intoxicated driver you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you need more information about an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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