A teenage motorist reportedly caused a serious accident after running a red light while under the influence of alcohol. The unfortunate accident involved a Metro bus. Two passengers aboard the Metro bus suffered serious injuries, according to NBC Los Angeles.
Authorities are assessing whether to file criminal charges against the teenage driver, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The accident occurred at Whittier Boulevard and Downey Road. According to the California Highway Patrol, the teenage motorist was operating a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle traveling southbound on Downey Road when they ran a red light and wound up colliding with a Metro bus, which was traveling eastbound on Whittier Boulevard. The VW Beetle then wound up slamming into a traffic light pole.
There were two teenage passengers in the Volkswagen who reportedly suffered significant injuries and had to be extricated from the vehicle. Ten, aside from the two passengers on the bus who were critically injured, also reported suffering injuries.
Unfortunately, drunk driving remains a serious safety issue in and around Los Angeles. In fact, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety Annual Report, deadly accidents caused by an intoxicated motorist increased by more than 16 percent in 2017 when compared to accident data in 2016, from the previous year. The report data was limited to reported accidents where a motorist had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more at the time of the collision.
Damages You Can Pursue If Injured by a Drunk Driver
It is fairly common for someone hit by a drunk driver to suffer significant injuries. Fortunately, you have the ability to pursue financial restitution for your harms and losses through a personal injury claim. You could potentially obtain financial restitution for the following types of harms and losses:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
- Punitive damages may also be available in certain cases.
If you are curious about your legal options, it is in your best interest to schedule a free, confidential consultation with an experienced Los Angeles car accident injury attorney at your earliest convenience. An experienced legal counsel, will assist you in analyzing your potential case and guiding you through the complexities of the injury claims process.
Pursuant to California law, there is a statutory limitation placed on the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit after a drunk driving car accident. In most instances, you have two years to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations begins to run on the day the accident occurred. Retaining the services of an experienced personal injury attorney in Los Angeles will help to keep your rights and best interests intact.
Have Questions About Your Legal Rights? Contact the Reputable Law Office of Ramtin Sadighim Today
In the wake of a serious car accident, you probably have a myriad of questions and may be feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of taking legal action against the negligent motorist. The Law Offices of Ramtin Sadighim is here to help. Our personal injury law firm can help you pursue the financial restitution you are owed. Contact our office today at 888.999.8744 for to schedule a consultation or visit www.CaliAccidentAttorney.com to learn more.