UPDATE: CHP Officer Injured In Sutter County DUI Car Accident At Lomo Crossing Near Oak Boulevard
YUBA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (October 19, 2019) – A CHP officer was seriously injured after being hit by a drunk driver at the Lomo Crossing not far from Oak Boulevard.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 4:00 a.m. on Saturday. An SUV that was speeding toward the intersection hit the CHP officer causing major injuries.
A second CHP officer ran after the suspect on foot and captured him. He was suspected of being under the influence and arrested. The CHP released the following statement after the accident.
“While directing traffic, a gray SUV traveling at a high rate of speed failed to stop for a railroad crossing sign and struck a CHP Officer. The officer sustained major injuries and was transported to the hospital. Keep the officer and his family in your prayers.”
An investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In DUI Car Accidents
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, “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.” Even a moderate amount of alcohol can substantially impair a driver’s ability to operate their vehicle safely.
It is a felony to cause an accident that results in bodily injury while 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 while drunk will likely face criminal as well as civil liability.
Victims of DUI accidents may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills 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 legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with legal claims, so it is important to act quickly.
Getting Help After A Car Accident
If you or someone that you care about has been injured in an accident with 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 rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.