An Anaheim Fire official has plead guilty to causing a DUI crash with injuries. In October 2014, the fire official caused an accident while under the influence that caused injuries to 4 Murrieta cheerleaders. The injuries ranged from moderate to severe including 2 fractured vertebrae in the neck. The pickup truck driven by the official drove into the back of the Chrysler containing the 4 cheerleaders while it was waiting to turn left.
The guilt plea in the criminal DUI case clears the way for a civil suit to proceed. In DUI accident cases, it is usually beneficial to wait for the completion of the criminal DUI trial before proceeding with the civil case to recover financial damages for the injuries caused by the accident. This may seem odd to some family members, however, the guilty pleas and evidence presented at the DUI trial become crucial evidence in the civil case. Based on my 40+ years of experience as an injury attorney, I can tell you that DUI cases can be quite legally complex. It is important to work with an injury attorney who has substantial successful trial experience. Insurance companies often try to “lowball” offers in these accidents, and your injury attorney must stand up to the insurance company and when necessary take the case to trial.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident by a DUI driver, I invite you to contact us for a free consultation at (949)305-1400. I invite you to review the recommendations of my clients and the legal industry. There is no cost to you out of pocket as we work on a contingency fee basis.