Geronimo Gonzalez Porterville: 34-year-old Geronimo Gonzalez Lost Both Of His Legs In Car Accident After Drunk Driver Ran Stop Sign In Tulare County
PORTERVILLE, CALIFORNIA (April 13, 2019) – A 34-year-old man identified as Geronimo Gonzalez was critically injured after an alleged drunk driver ran a stop sign and hit him.
Geronimo Gonzalez lost both of his legs in the accident and was sent flying through the air from the impact of the crash. The suspect nearly missed hitting a propane tank .
The victims landlord saw what happened and contacted police. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene and transported Geronimo Gonzalez to the hospital.
California Highway Patrol found the 22-year-old suspect hiding at his home nearby. An investigation into the source of the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Facts About Drunk Driving
According to the Centers For Disease Control, “In 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.” Drunk driving is an epidemic in the United States. Every year there are an estimated 120 million individual episodes of drunk driving.
Those that survive are often left with debilitating injuries. These can include spinal cord injuries, head trauma, amputations and internal trauma. Drivers are considered legally intoxicated when they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. But the affects of alcohol can impair drivers long before they are legally intoxicated. According to the NHTSA, there are a few ways alcohol impairs judgement on the road:
- With a (BAC) of 0.02 drivers experience some loss of judgement and some loss of visual functioning.
- With a (BAC) of 0.05 drivers experience impaired judgement, release of inhibitions and reduced ability to track moving objects.
- With a (BAC) of 0.08 drivers experience dramatically impaired judgement, impaired reasoning and reduced information processing abilities.
What many people don’t realize is that prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication can also impair driving. Depending on the facts of any case there may be multiple sources of liability for an accident with a drunk driver.
Liability In DUI Car Accidents
It is illegal to operate a car under the influence of alcohol. 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.” Drivers that choose to operate their vehicles under the influence will likely face civil as well as criminal liability.
Victims of a DUI car accident are able to hold drunk drivers accountable for their actions through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a bodily injury claim can include money for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A car accident attorney can fight on your behalf and make sure that your medical and financial needs are protected. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they only get paid if they successfully resolve your case.
Getting Help After A DUI Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Geronimo Gonzalez as he continues to recover. Any witnesses that may have seen what happened should come forward for the sake of the victim. It is deeply unfortunate that so many people choose to break the law by drinking and driving every year.
Have you or someone that you love been injured in a Tulare County accident with a drunk driver. You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to getting justice for our clients and making sure that they are being taken care of. Whether you need more information about an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.