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UPDATE: Firebaugh Police Officer Rodolfo Tabares Injured In Motorcycle Accident With Drunk Driver On Highway 33 near Douglas Avenue


Sep 17, 2019

Rodolfo Tabares Fresno: Firebaugh Police Officer Rodolfo Tabares Injured In Motorcycle Accident With Drunk Driver On Highway 33 near Douglas Avenue

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (September 17, 2019) – A Firebaugh Police Officer identified as Rodolfo Tabares was injured in a car accident with a drunk driver on Highway 33 by Douglas Avenue. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that the officer Rodolfo Tabares was hit by an driver suspected of DUI. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. 

Rodolfo Tabares sustained injuries to his forearms and legs, but is expected to make a full recovery. The 27-year-old driver from Mendota that hit the police officer was taken to the Fresno County jail on suspicion of felony DUI. 

Liability In DUI Accidents

When police officers are injured in a car accident they will typically have recourse through a bodily injury claim. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.” It’s important to let your doctor know that you were injured on the job.

What many workers don’t realize is that the workers compensation system may not be their only recourse after an accident. An injured worker may also be able to seek damages through a third party liability claim. A third party claim may be possible if an entity separate from a worker’s employer was responsible for an accident. For example, a third party in an accident could be an intoxicated driver.

 Any person that is injured in an accident with a drunk driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help supplement worker’s compensation and may include money for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A car 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 of officer Rodolfo Tabares. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the California Highway Patrol as they continue to investigate. There needs to be some accountability for this accident. 

Have you or someone that you care about 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 so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to  us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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