San Diego NEWS 10 reported that 35-year-old Carlos Martinez, the driver of a Jeep Cherokee, was arrested for felony drunk driving after he drove into a bus stop on August 19, 2010 injuring a 15-year-old boy. The truck accident happened at around 6:45 a.m. at the corner of Plaza Blvd. and Palm Ave., in National City. The unidentified boy was run down and sustained multiple injuries including broken bones and was hospitalized. There were no skid marks at the scene to indicate that Martinez made any attempt to break prior to hitting the boy.
Applicable California Law
In addition to criminal charges, Martinez will be liable for the teen’s personal injuries (see my prior Blog post for DUI law). According to numbers compiled by the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration, around 250,000 people have died in the past decade in the U.S. as a result of alcohol-related crashes. That’s about 25,000 deaths annually. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for young Americans between the ages of five and 35; of fatal crashes involving young people, at least 50% have involved alcohol or drugs. Over 700,000 people a year are injured in alcohol-related crashes. Young people (between the ages 16 and 24) are much more likely to drive under the influence than are adult Americans (ages 24 and up). Although only one in every five drivers on the road is between the ages of 16 and 24, more than 40% of all DUIs involve drivers in this age bracket. In 2007, Hispanics (45.9 %) represented the largest ethnic group among DUI arrestees.
Although statistics indicate an overall decrease in DUI related deaths and injury accidents, they are still a daily occurrence. Auto accidents, truck accidents, and bus accidents involving the use of alcohol or drugs generally have grave consequences. If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries due to a DUI driver, call an experienced personal injury attorney.