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Repeat offender causes major car accident

Liability is at the heart of most personal injury cases in California, since determining responsibility for an injury incident is crucial to achieving compensation. And while it is important to determine who, if anyone is at fault in a car accident, it can be even more significant to identify negligent and/or reckless behavior. A recent incident illustrates how poor judgment and entirely preventable mistakes can have dire consequences.

A man who caused a multi-injury auto accident in Alhambra was scheduled to appear in court after being suspected of felony drunk driving and issued a bail of well over $100,000. 13 people were injured when they were struck by a minivan that had been hit by the suspect’s pickup truck. A witness claimed that the incident occurred when the suspect struck the minivan after attempting to turn left. The pedestrians involved in the accident were watching holiday lights at the time.

In the fall of 2013, the man in question had his driver’s license revoked after apparently refusing a DUI chemical test. He was found guilty of driving on a suspended license that same year, in addition to being convicted of DUI, hit-and-run and driving without a valid license. When the most recent incident occurred, the suspect was reportedly on probation for his DUI conviction. His license was also revoked.

Of the 13 accident victims, 11 reportedly required medical care. A seven-year-old child was involved in the accident, and one victim was being treated for a head injury in intensive care. In cases where it is determined that the intended or unintended negligence of a person resulted in injury, he or she can be held liable. That is why accident victims and their families have the right to seek legal counsel anytime.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, “Driver Accused in Alhambra Crash Has Prior DUI Convictions,” Christina Cocca, Dec. 15, 2014

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