Shortly before 10 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, five people were injured in a DUI accident in Salinas. While driving recklessly on North Main Street, 33-year-old Luis Flores collided with five vehicles near Harden Parkway and then attempted to flee the scene. A passenger in Flores’ vehicle suffered minor injuries, while four occupants from other vehicles sustained moderate trauma; emergency responders transported them to area hospitals. With the assistance of security guards, Flores was apprehended and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and causing an accident with injuries.
“Impaired driving is a serious problem during the holidays, with alcohol-related crashes claiming the lives of 395 people in the second half of last December,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.
In 2011, accidents in which alcohol impairment was a factor killed 9,878 people in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s current statistics. Alcohol was a factor in 774 of the 2,791 traffic fatalities suffered in California that year, accounting for 28 percent of the state’s traffic deaths.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the five people who were injured in the DUI accident in Salinas.
Additional information on pursuing compensation from a negligent driver for recovery-related expenses after a crash is available to the public free of charge through our office.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California car accident attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.
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