At about 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, a male passenger was seriously injured in a DUI crash in Lake Elsinore. While traveling northbound on Interstate 15 at a high rate of speed, 29-year-old Sharlene M. Dandrea lost control of the 2007 Pontiac G6 she was driving, swerved from the road, and slammed into a metal pole. Emergency responders transported Dandrea and a 41-year-old man to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Authorities arrested her on suspicion of felony DUI.
“Passengers who are injured in collisions may hold the negligent driver liable for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “including for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Lake Elsinore accounted for 4 of the 164 fatalities and 198 of the 10,594 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a factor in 10 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in Lake Elsinore that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the male passenger who was seriously injured in the DUI crash, as well as to the driver.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Lake Elsinore crash.
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