DUI Accident in Vernon CA Ends Tragically

Late on Sunday night, May 14, 2017, a minivan crashed into a telephone pole in Vernon, California. Unfortunately, the passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. According to a CBS report, police were quoted saying that they suspect DUI was involved. Our hearts go out to the loved ones left behind from this fatal accident.

DUIs down in California

In 2017, DUIs have been decreasing, partially due to ridesharing programs such as Lyft and Uber. If you have been drinking, please take an Uber. Alcohol may raise your confidence but it certainly does not help your ability to drive.

Passengers killed in DUI accidents

When people call us for a free consultation, we are often asked about serious injuries and deaths. In many cases, the people who were injured or killed were good friends with the driver and they were out doing something fun together until the driver’s negligence caused a crash. While these accidents are very sad, injured passengers still need to be compensated for injuries which may last them a lifetime. People still need compensation when a loved one is taken too soon. Insurance companies are interested in delaying or denying that compensation. That is why people contact us.

Will the driver go to jail?

We are by no means criminal attorneys here, however if you are driving while under the influence and you hit a pedestrian and they die or a passenger is killed you are looking at one of many varieties of Felony DUI charges and almost definitely going to prison.

Compensation for passengers in DUI accidents

If you or a loved one is injured or killed in an accident like the one above in Vernon or anywhere else in Southern California, we would strongly recommend that you seek out the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney. Most insurers will be interested in paying out as little compensation as possible. While no amount of money can come close to bringing a loved one back or making up for severe injuries, an attorney can alleviate the stress of dealing with insurers, giving you or family members time to recover or grieve while they seek justice.

For answers to frequently asked questions about DUI injuries please visit our DUI Injury page.

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