Robert Stevens Lemon Grove: CHP Officer Robert Stevens Injured In Lemon Grove DUI Hit-And-Run Car Accident On The 94
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (August 15, 2019) – A California Highway Patrol officer was injured in a car accident with a drunk driver he was attempting to pull over.
Officer Robert Stevens was patrolling State Route 94 when he noticed a Nissan that was straddling the lanes of the freeway. Robert Stevens stopped directly in front of the suspect’s vehicle and the suspect stopped as well.
As Officer Robert Stevens was exiting his patrol vehicle the alleged drunk driver accelerated towards him. The suspect hit the officer causing a moderate leg injury.
Officer Robert Stevens was able to radio dispatch and inform them where the suspect was heading. He was later apprehended and arrested.
The suspect faces charges of DUI and felony hit-and-run.
Liability In Car Accidents
According to the Centers For Disease Control, “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.” Driver’s that cause accidents while drunk will typically face criminal as well as civil liability.
It is a felony to operate a car while under the influence of alcohol 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.”
If a person was injured in a car accident while they were working they may be entitled to worker’s compensation. 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.” What many employees don’t realize is that they may also be entitled to additional benefits through a third party liability claim.
A third party liability claim may be possible if an entity separate from an employer caused an accident. Damages in a third party liability claim 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. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they only get paid if they are able to successfully resolve your case.
Getting Help After A Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to officer Robert Stevens as he continues to recover. There needs to be a through investigation into what happened. Any person that may have seen the accident should reach out to the CHP as they continue their investigation.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a car accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply about working to ensure that accident victims get the support that they deserve and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.