Austin Grosjean Napa: Austin Grosjean Injured In Napa Car Accident While Riding Motorcycle on Silverado Trail and Highland Drive
NAPA, CALIFORNIA (September 17, 2019) – A 24-year-old man identified as Austin Grosjean was injured in a Napa motorcycle accident with a drunk driver by Silverado Trail and Highland Drive.
Napa police are saying that the motorcycle accident took place around 8:30 p.m. Austin Grosjean was waiting to make a left turn while he was on Silverado trail.
An intoxicated driver rear-ended him while he was stopped waiting to turn. Police rushed to the scene and arrested the 68-year-old woman that hit him on suspicion of felony DUI.
Austin Grosjean sustained a broken thigh bone and had to be transported to the hospital. An investigation into the DUI accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In DUI Accidents
According to the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, “Since 1982, drunk driving fatalities on our nation’s roadways have decreased 48%, while total traffic fatalities have declined nearly 16%. Among persons under 21, drunk driving fatalities have decreased 80%. Despite this progress, we still have more work to do, and our commitment to eliminate drunk driving is stronger than ever.” This has come in part due to a number of measures to combat driving under the influence including:
- Actively enforcing existing 0.08% BAC laws, minimum legal drinking age laws
- Requiring ignition interlocks for all offenders
- Using sobriety checkpoints
- Requiring mandatory substance abuse assessment and treatment
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. According to California Vehicle Code 23152, “It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any drug to drive a vehicle. 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.” Drivers that choose to drink and drive will likely face numerous legal consequences including:
- Fines: $390 – $1,000 plus penalty assessments
- Jail: 96 hours to 1 year in jail depending on the nature of the offense
- License suspension: Offenders with a BAC over 0.08% will have their license suspended for 1 year.
- Probation: Second time DUI offenders will normally be put on probation for 3 – 5 years.
Typically, DUI drivers are much less likely to be injured than their victims. They are also much more likely to survive a fatal crash. Meanwhile their victims are often left with very serious injuries including broken bones, head injuries, lacerations, internal trauma and PTSD. According to NCBI, “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of the most common psychological consequences in adult survivors of accidents.”
Victims of DUI accidents are able to hold the drivers that injured them accountable for their actions through a civil claim. Damages in a personal injury claim can help with lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important to get all of the proper treatment and follow up care after an accident. Failing to seek adequate care can impact your ability to file a claim down the road. A motorcycle accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are.
Getting Help After A DUI Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Austin Grosjean as he continues to recover. It is deeply unfortunate that so many drivers continue to put lives at risk by driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to Napa investigators.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Napa motorcycle accident? 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 get all of the medical and financial support that they need to fully recover. Whether you need more information about an accident or just have questions about the law we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.