Shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, a 21-year-old female passenger was injured in a DUI crash in Menifee. While traveling in a pickup truck on McCall Boulevard, 21-year-old Robert Joseph Padilla crashed into a metal guardrail at Aspel Road, the impact sending the rail through the entire length of the vehicle. The woman, who was sitting in the front seat at the time, suffered major trauma. Padilla received emergency medical treatment for minor injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and causing serious injuries. The accident is under investigation.
“Passengers who suffer serious trauma in motor vehicle collisions may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for the expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Menifee accounted for 5 of the 164 fatalities and 239 of the 10,594 injuries suffered by motorists in crashes that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 1,471 of the fatal and injury accidents that occurred in the county that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the female passenger who was seriously injured in the DUI crash.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Menifee DUI accident.
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