VAN NUYS, California (July 18, 2014) – A suspected drugged driver crossed over double yellow lines and crashed head-on into a car carrying a family of four Thursday night on Vanowen Street, according to news reports.
About 11:15 p.m., Los Angeles Police responded to the collision and reported that a mother and newborn baby were taken to hospital as a precaution. They were among the four family members in the vehicle struck by the suspected DUI driver. The family’s car was heading eastbound at the time of the crash.
The alleged DUI driver was hospitalized after suffering serious injuries in the crash. A blood test on the driver at the hospital confirmed to police that the driver was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the crash.
“Drivers who are under the influence of a substance such as alcohol or drugs and cause an accident will face stiffer penalties than a driver who is sober,” said Attorney James Johnson. “Thankfully no one appears to be injured in this crash at this time.”
Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney
What happens if I am hurt in a car accident with a DUI driver?
The first step anyone who is involved in a DUI crash should take is to seek medical treatment. It’s important to document injuries right away because if you wait too long the insurance company may believe the injuries were not related to the accident.
What if the DUI driver that hit me is uninsured?
Many drivers do not carry insurance or carry the minimum policy limits required under California law or $15,000/$30,000. This means that a person hurt in a crash with this driver would only be able to claim $15,000 and if there are more than two people, the total amount available to claim is capped at $30,000.
It’s important that you as a driver carry your own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage for the largest amount you can afford. The ambulance and emergency room visit alone can be thousands of dollars.
If you were injured in a car accident with a DUI driver and have legal questions, Johnson Attorneys Group has the answers. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless you get paid.
Contact Johnson Attorneys Group for a free consultation at 800-235-6801.
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