Michael Jodoin Grass Valley: Michael Jodoin Killed In Grass Valley Hit-And-Run DUI Car Accident on McCourtney Road
GRASS VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (August 4, 2020) – A 59-year-old Waste Management worker identified as Michael Jodoin has tragically died in a hit-and-run DUI car accident along McCourtney Road.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 8:43 a.m. For reasons that remain under investigation a driver hit Michael Jodoin near the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
The driver fled the scene but was later arrested and taken to the Nevada County Jail on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run. Paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim.
Despite life-saving measures Michael Jodoin died as a result of his injuries. An investigation into the cause of the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Grass Valley DUI Car Accidents
Accidents involving drunk drivers are on the rise across the United States. According to ALCOCLOCK, “, drunk driving fatalities in California actually increased by more than 16% in 2016 from the previous year. In 2015, 911 people died in drunk driving accidents in California. In 2016, that number increased to 1,059. Of course, when we say drunk driving fatalities or drunk driving accidents, these are accidents where the driver has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more.” Even moderate amounts of alcohol can substantially impair drivers in the following ways:
- Delayed reaction times
- Reduced coordination
- Difficulty steering
It is illegal for drivers to operate their vehicles with a BAC of 0.08% or higher. 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.” Commercial drivers must not operate their vehicle with a BAC of 0.04% or higher.
The family of any victim that died in an accident with a drunk driver may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Potential beneficiaries in a civil claim may include a victim’s spouse, children and parents. Unfortunately, insurance companies will often fight hard to deny any responsibility for an accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Grass Valley DUI Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Michael Jodoin. It is deeply unfortunate that so many drivers continue to break the law and operate their vehicle while intoxicated. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all involved.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Grass Valley? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.