San Diego NEWS 10 reported that Carlos Martinez, 35, was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving after driving his Jeep Cherokee into a bus stop and injuring a 15-year-old boy on August 19, 2010. The auto accident happened at the corner of Plaza Blvd. and Palm Ave., in National City at around 6:45 a.m.. The unnamed victim sustained multiple serious injuries including broken bones and was taken to a local hospital. There was no evidence such as skid marks that would suggest that Martinez made any attempt to take any action to avoid the accident prior to hitting the boy.
Applicable California Law
Martinez will face criminal charges for violation of vehicle code California Vehicle Code 23152 for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In addition he will face potential claims for the teen’s personal injuries, which would include past, present, and future medical expenses, lost earnings and earning capacity as well as compensation for pain and suffering (see my prior Blog post San Diego Woman Arrested For Fatal Coronado Traffic Accident for DUI law in California). According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration, in the past decade around 250,000 people have died in the U.S. as a result of alcohol-related vehicular accidents. That amounts to approximately 25,000 deaths annually. Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for young Americans between the ages of 5 and 35. Of those fatal car accidents involving young people, at least half have involved alcohol or drugs. More than 700,000 people annually are injured in alcohol-related crashes. Young people, ages 16 to 24 are much more likely to drive under the influence than are adult Americans (ages 24 and up). Despite the fact that 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. Of all ethnic groups, Hispanics (45.9 %) represented the largest ethnic group among DUI arrestees.
Despite the fact that statistics indicate an overall decrease in DUI related deaths and injury accidents, they are still a epidemic problem. Auto accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents involving the use of alcohol or drugs generally have serious consequences for those involved as well as their families. If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries or the loss of a loved one due to a DUI driver, consult an experienced personal injury attorney.