Santa Maria, CA (November 10, 2022) – On Sunday evening, November 6, a crash involving a DUI driver was reported in Santa Maria that seriously injured five people, including three children.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of a car accident at 8 p.m. at Blosser Road and Alvin Avenue in Santa Maria. According to police, the accident occurred when a vehicle with two parents and three children entered the intersection and was suddenly slammed into by another vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver. There was significant damage to the vehicles involved in the crash.
Emergency personnel was immediately called. The man and woman and their three children all suffered major injuries as a result of the accident. When first responders arrived at the scene, they found the three children, all under the age of 10, had been ejected from the vehicle upon impact. The children were airlifted by helicopter to a hospital for emergency treatment. Paramedics rushed the parents by ground ambulance to the Marian Hospital in Santa Maria. There is no indication that the male driver of the other vehicle was injured in the crash.
The accident caused the area of Blosser Road and Alvin Avenue to be shut down for several hours as crews cleaned up the wreckage and cared for the injured.
Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. Police determined that the male driver of the other vehicle was under the influence of alcohol when he hit the victims. Police soon arrested him for DUI.
Our thoughts are with the victims injured in this accident. We hope for the full recovery of all involved.
Accidents sadly happen every day in California. Some are minor fender benders; however, many are more serious and result in devastating injuries. For a majority of accidents, reckless and negligent driving is often the main cause. Negligent driving may include distracted driving, texting while driving, impaired driving, speeding, drivers who fall asleep behind the wheel, or simply drivers who fail to abide by traffic rules, such as stopping at traffic lights and stop signs or failing to yield.
Drunk driving is extraordinarily reckless behavior and shows a reckless disregard for the other people on the road. Many people are seriously injured or tragically killed in DUI accidents each year. These types of accidents can be especially upsetting because they could have been so easily avoided by following the laws regarding drinking and driving. The law is clear; in California, it is illegal for any person to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, if the person is 21 years old or older, or 0.01% if the person is under 21 years old. Despite these laws and the strict penalties associated with breaking them, California is struggling with a record amount of DUI accidents.
If you or a family member were hurt in a DUI accident, it’s important to hold the at-fault person responsible for their actions. The negligent party may be required to help pay for your medical bills including any future medical expenses related to your injuries, pain, suffering, lost wages, vehicle repair or replacement, and other non-economic damages you’ve suffered. Speak to an experienced car accident lawyer right away, who can walk you through the process of what is to come and help you understand your rights and what compensation you may be entitled to for your suffering. Contact a Santa Maria car accident attorney by calling (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.
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