San Francisco news reports that a 19-year-old man has died following a drunk driving accident. The man died just a few blocks from his Bayview district home in the arms of his brother. According to reports, he was partially ejected from a car driven by a friend who was allegedly drunk. Daniel Lara has now been charged with a number of felonies in connection with the accident. Witnesses indicate that Lara had been driving "doughnuts" when the car flipped near Griffith Street and Thomas Avenue.
If you have been involved in a drunk driving accident or any other type of motorvehicle accident it's important to seek the advice of a skilled Sacramento personal injury attorney right away. Many times, it may be possible to recover compensation for your injuries.
Here, witnesses state that Eduardo Perez was in the front passenger seat when the accident occurred and ejected him half way. His older brother was riding in the backseat with another passenger. When the accident occurred, the brother ran to pull Perez out of the car and Lara drove away. Lara later returned to the scene with his father. He has now been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. Each of these charges is a felony.
This accident is a tragic reminder of the dangers of drunk driving.
In the United States the leading cause of auto accidents is driver intoxication. According to figures released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 17,013 people were killed in 2005 due to alcohol related crashes in the United States - an average of one every 30 minutes. This figure represents forty percent (40%) of the 42,643 total traffic deaths
In addition to drunk driving deaths, individuals may also suffer serious injuries including head and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones. Victims injured by negligent drunk drivers face medical bills, loss of wages, physical pain, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life. If injuries are severe or permanent, families suffer economic loss, mental anguish and the loss of companionship in caring for an injured family member. In the event of death, families are torn apart without any warning.
Unfortunately despite great awareness of the risks involved with drunk driving, many California drivers continue to get behind the wheel after having one too many. If you have been injured in a California drunk driving accident or any other type of motorvehicle crash, it is important to speak with a top Sacramento personal injury attorney right away.
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