When there is a problem with the roads or transportation system in the Golden State, you can lodge a complaint with Caltrans. But what if Caltrans is actually the one responsible for your property damage after an auto accident?
In a report by 10News, a Caltrans driver was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) when he crashed into several cars and a Julian residence. Amazingly, no personal injuries or wrongful deaths were reported as a result of the accident.
Our Julian accident lawyers want to see drunk-driving accidents stopped for good. If we currently cannot use technology to monitor intoxicated drivers in their private automobiles, then surely employers can prevent DUI accidents caused by their employees using company vehicles.
Around 1 p.m. on February 12, 2010, a flatbed truck attempted to make a turn in the road and as he did, a tractor he was hauling flew off the truck, crashing into one man’s apartment before crack the asphalt at the base of the building. The individual had just finished remodeling his home and was out to get some more furnishings when the truck accident occurred, an errand that ended up saving his life. The man in question, 49, kept driving after the tractor flew out of the flatbed, only to careen into a pickup truck and then continue to drive the wrong-way into one coming traffic two times before coming to a stop a short distance from Winola Farms Marketplace.
The driver in question was charged by policy on suspicion of drunk driving, and Caltrans has subsequently put him on a mandatory leave of absence pending the outcome of his DUI charges. This is not the first time on-the-job drivers have been accused of drinking and driving on company time. In fact, future law might hold companies liable if they have employees who drive drunk while on the clock.
The car accident lawyers who work at our San Diego law firm believe that there is no excuse for getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated. Just because no one was hurt or killed in this suspected drunk-driving accident doesn’t mean it can’t happen later on down the line.
If you were injured and believe that you deserve compensation, then call our bilingual law offices right away at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer and find out how we can help you. We look forward to providing good advice for your case. There is no fee if no recovery.
If this man is found guilty of DUI, should he be allowed back on the roads without some preventative measures put in place — i.e. a breathlyzer attached to his ignition — to make sure he is driving sober?
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Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines