Janet Gillespie Murphys: Janet Lynch Gillespie of San Jose Injured In Murphys DUI Car Accident On Highway 4
MURPHYS, CALIFORNIA (August 29, 2019) – A 65-year-old woman identified as Janet Lynch Gillespie was injured in a car accident on Highway 4.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 4:25 p.m. near Williams Street. A 59-year-old driver crossed over a double yellow line on Highway 4 and hit the Subaru carrying Janet Lynch Gillespie.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help Janet Lynch Gillespie. She was transported to a hospital in the central valley with major injuries.
The driver that hit the victim was arrested under suspicion of felony DUI. A full investigation into the cause of the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In DUI Car Accidents
According to the Center for Disease Control, “Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 50 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.” Here are just a few of the affects that alcohol can have on a person’s ability to drive with a BAC of only 0.05.
- Reduced coordination
- Reduced ability to track moving objects
- Difficulty steering
- Reduced response to emergency driving situations
It is a felony to operate a motor vehicle 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.” Victims of DUI accidents are often left with very serious injuries including:
- Head injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal trauma
Drunk drivers, by contrast, are actually more likely to survive crashes or avoid serious injuries compared to their victims. However, victims of DUI accidents will normally be able to seek justice 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 and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A DUI Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Janet Lynch Gillespie as she continues to recover. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the CHP as they continue their investigation. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured by 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.