DUI Car Accident In Downtown Fullerton Along West Santa Fe Avenue Seriously Injured 10 People
FULLERTON, CALIFORNIA (February 10,2019) – At least 10 people were hospitalized when a suspected drunk driver plowed into a crowd of pedestrians near restaurants and bars.
Fullerton police officers are saying that the accident took place around 1:45 a.m. along West Santa Fe Avenue. The suspected drunk driver went onto the sidewalk and hit several pedestrians before being stopped by a tree.
A number of pedestrians were trapped underneath the Toyota Tacoma driven by the suspect. Good Samaritans were able to free a number of the victims from the truck.
Victims of the accident ranged in age from 18 – 49 and many sustained injuries that were considered life-threatening. Fullerton police officers arrested the driver of the Toyota Tacoma on suspicion of felony DUI.
Witnesses are saying that the accident began following some type of altercation.
Liability In DUI Accidents
According to AAA, DUI accidents are most likely to occur between 12:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. Despite the fact that it is illegal to drink and drive, a number of people continue to act irresponsibly and drive under the influence. According to the 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.”
Victims of DUI accidents are able to hold the negligent driver that harmed them accountable for their actions. This can be accomplished by filing a bodily injury claim. Damages in a bodily injury claim can include financial compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. In certain circumstances, liability may extend beyond a negligent driver. A business could be liable for a DUI accident if they failed to set up barriers to protect guests from collisions. A pedestrian accident attorney can evaluate the specific facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.
Getting Help After A DUI Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the victims of this horrific accident. Any witnesses that may have seen what happened should come forward and speak with investigators. It is our sincere hope that there is some accountability for what happened.
Have you or someone that you love been injured in a DUI accident? You may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We’ve successfully resolved thousands of personal injury claims and will fight hard on your behalf. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are seeking legal counsel we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.