If you have children, the last thing you should have to worry about is them getting struck by a drunk driver while they are outside playing. Unfortunately, we know that impaired drivers are everywhere. At the Compass Law Group, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to help you get through these situations. Today, our Glendale pedestrian accident attorneys want to talk about a recent crash in which a young boy was struck by an alleged drunk driver.
What happened in this case?
Police say that a driver has a blood-alcohol level of nearly four times the legal limit when struck and seriously injured a 13-year-old boy in Glendale. The incident happened on Aug. 24 when the boy was inside of a crosswalk in front of Glendale Park.
Christopher Dean Carone, 63, was arrested under suspicion of felony drunk driving after the collision. Initial blood alcohol screenings gave a reading of .30%. The legal limit in California is .08%. Carone has a previous DUI conviction for driving with a blood-alcohol level above .08% from 2004.
In this case, he was driving his Subaru south on Verdugo Road in the left-hand lane when he struck the young boy in the marked crosswalk. Witness says that Carone was driving approximately 35 to 40 mph at the time of the crash.
“The witness honked the horn in an attempt to warn the driver. The Subaru driver failed to stop at the crosswalk and struck the pedestrian,” the report reads.
Paramedics took the boy to the hospital where he was listed as critical but in stable condition.
These incidents can be devastating
All too often, we see pedestrian crashes happen in areas where pedestrians have the right-of-way. That happened in the case described above. Unfortunately, impaired driving is a major cause of these crashes. During the latest reporting year in California, the Office of Traffic Safety says that 31% of all fatal traffic crashes were caused by an impaired driver. That same year, impaired drivers caused over 26,000 injuries.
Distracted driving is another common cause of pedestrian crashes. When a driver is looking at their phone, they are not likely to see pedestrians and are much more likely to hit them at high speeds.
What can we do to help you?
Have you or a loved one been injured in a pedestrian crash? Was the crash caused by the careless or reckless actions of another driver?
If you answered yes to those questions, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Compass Law Group, our qualified and experienced team is ready to get to work on your behalf. Let us secure the compensation you need for all of your crash-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Mental anguish damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages