At about 5:30 a.m. on Monday, December 31, 20-year-old Gilbert Ortiz was seriously injured in a DUI crash in Bakersfield. While traveling eastbound on Highway 58 in a 2002 Chevy Impala, 50-year-old Anthony Barreraz lost control of the vehicle on the Fairfax Road off ramp, causing it to overturn. Ortiz was ejected from the vehicle. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Nineteen-year-old Michael Barreraz, another passenger in the car, sustained minor injuries. Authorities arrested the elder Barreraz on suspicion of driving under the influence.
“When a passenger is seriously injured in a collision, the driver at-fault for the crash may be held liable for the expense of the passenger’s recovery,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “including for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Bakersfield accounted for 16 of the 87 fatalities and 1,442 of the 4,278 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Kern County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 40 of the fatal and 447 of the injury collisions that occurred in Kern County that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Gilbert Ortiz, the passenger who was seriously injured in the DUI crash.
The Bakersfield Californian originally reported this accident.
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