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UPDATE: Austin Grosjean, 24, Injured In Napa Motorcycle Accident With Drunk Driver On Silverado Trail


Sep 17, 2019

Austin Grosjean Napa: Austin Grosjean Injured In Napa Motorcycle Accident With Drunk Driver On Silverado Trail By Highland Drive

NAPA, CALIFORNIA (September 16, 2019) – A 24-year-old motorcyclist identified as Austin Grosjean was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident with a drunk driver on the Silverado Trail. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that the car accident took place around 8:30 p.m. near Highland Drive. Austin Grosjean was stopped on Silverado Trail with his blinkers on waiting to turn left. 

A 68-year-old woman rear-ended Austin Grosjean’s motorcycle. Paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victim. 

He was later transported to the hospital in order to receive treatment for a broken thigh bone. The 68-year-old woman that hit the victim was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and taken to the Napa County jail before being released. 

An investigation into the accident remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In DUI Car Accidents

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. Of the 1,233 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2016, 214 (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.”

Annual episodes in millions: 1993-123,1995-115,1997-116,1999-159,2002-159,2004-124,2006-161,2008-131,2010-112,2012-121,2014-111

Image Source (CDC): Annual Self-reported Alcohol-impaired Driving Episodes among U.S. Adults, 1993–2014

One of the main problems with drinking while driving is that people grow more and more comfortable the more that they break the law. Indeed, by the time any person gets caught they will have driven under the influence dozens of times. But it is never safe to drink and drive. Consider, for example, some of the ways in which a BAC of 0.08 affects the brain:

  • Muscle coordination becomes poor
  • It is harder to detect danger
  • Perception is impaired
  • Judgement and reasoning are impaired
  • Short term memory loss is more likely

It is a felony to operate a motor vehicle under the influence and cause an accident resulting in bodily injury. 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.” People that choose to drive under the influence may face civil as well as criminal liability. 

If the driver that caused the accident was working when the collision took place the company that they work for could face civil liability. According to the legal doctrine of respondeat superior companies are generally responsible for the negligence of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. For example, an employee may be transporting goods from one location to another. 

Victims of DUI accidents will typically have recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Victims of motorcycle accidents are often left with very serious and costly injuries. This is why it’s so important to seek medical treatment as well as follow up care. A motorcycle accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Getting Help After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Austin Grosjean as he continues to recover from this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the California Highway Patrol. The driver that caused this accident should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. 

Have you or someone that you care about been injured due to the negligence of a drunk driver? You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their legal rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into 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. 

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