Granada Hills crash kills 3 in suspected DUI
GRANADA HILLS, CA (May 16, 2022) – Three people were killed on Saturday night after their vehicle was struck by a suspected DUI driver.
The accident occurred on the 118 freeway near the 405 freeway just before midnight in Granada Hills.
A Glendale man was driving a Mercedes coupe and veered into a stationary Mercedes sedan in the far right lane of the 405. The California Highway Patrol are investigating why the sedan was stopped.
The sedan then hit a wall and erupted into flames, and the Mercedes coupe ended back onto the 118 where it blocked all lanes.
The three passengers of the sedan, engulfed in flames, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Glendale man driving the coupe was taken to the hospital with major injuries and is suspected of DUI. The details of the accident are still under investigation.
Liability In Bakersfield DUI Car Accidents
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Pursuant 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.” Even small amounts of alcohol can substantially impair drivers in the following ways:
- Delayed reaction times
- Loss of muscle control
- Impaired judgment
- Lowered alertness
The family of any victim that has been injured or killed in a collision with a drunk driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury or wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Bakersfield DUI Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the families of the three victims in this case. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Bakersfield? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 395-7234.