On the night of Tuesday, August 13, two passengers were seriously injured in a DUI crash on Highway 138 in Phelan. While traveling at about 55 miles per hour eastbound in a 1995 Jeep Cherokee, 40-year-old Kyle Duane Opsahl turned left in front of a westbound 1996 Saturn near Buckwheat Road, causing a collision. Emergency responders airlifted two passengers of the Saturn to a hospital in Colton to receive treatment for major trauma. The driver of the Saturn declined emergency medical attention at the scene. Authorities arrested Opsahl, who was uninjured, on suspicion of DUI.
“When a driver harms others while breaking the law, he or she may be responsible for compensating the victims 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.”
Throughout San Bernardino County, car accidents claimed the lives of 180 people and injured another 11,050, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 1,351 of the fatal and injury crashes that occurred in the county that year. Across the state, DUI accidents killed 774 people.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two passengers who were seriously injured in the DUI crash on Highway 138.
The Daily Press originally reported this Phelan crash.
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