A 73-year-old man identified as Dean L. was killed after a deadly DUI traffic collision at an intersection in Orange County on Sunday afternoon, July 18.
The accident transpired at approximately 4:20 p.m. at the intersection of West Sycamore Avenue and North Main Street. A northbound Honda Accord was traveling at high speeds on Main Street and rear-ended a Mazda Protege driven by Dean Lyles trying to turn left from northbound Main Street to Sycamore Avenue.
The Mazda driver sustained fatal injuries from the mishap. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Honda Accord driver, who was identified as 23-year-old Manuel Antonio Sanchez C., was unhurt in the mishap. He remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities.
Authorities later determined that he was under the influence at the time of the accident. The Honda Accord driver was arrested for DUI-related charges and gross vehicular manslaughter. Local authorities are further investigating the case. Witnesses that can give additional helpful information about the accident are urged to call the authorities at 714-744-7444.
Fatal DUI Accident Statistics
It is apparent in this case that the liability will fall on the Honda Accord driver as he was proven to be driving while under the influence at the time of the accident. Driving while under the influence is one of the most reckless and dangerous things a driver can do. It won’t only endanger their own lives, but it can potentially put other drivers on the roadway at risk as well. Unfortunately, DUI accidents in the U.S. have been on the rise over recent years.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 30 people in the U.S. die every day due to drunk driving accidents. Drunk driving accounts for about 29 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities in the U.S. One of the most alarming aspects of drunk driving accidents is that they are disproportionately likely to result in fatalities or serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), broken bones, internal organ injuries, spinal cord damage, and partial or total paralysis.
Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Deadly DUI Crashes in Orange County
Anyone can be involved in a car accident at any time. Injured people and their families may face significant medical bills and other financial hardships due to their inability to work. Physical pain and post-traumatic stress disorder can last a lifetime. For the victim’s family, suddenly losing a loved one due to a fatal DUI accident can be devastating.
While the official investigation is underway, the victim’s family is encouraged to pursue a wrongful death claim with the help of an attorney. Your insurance company may try to deny your claim or pay you less than you are entitled to. Arash Law’s experienced attorneys will fight to protect your rights and maximize your compensation.
We’ll meet with you to go over your situation in greater detail. We will also assist you in determining and proving liability in the accident. Don’t worry. The initial consultation is free. Call Arash Law today at (888) 488-1391 or contact us online to schedule your free no-obligation fatal car accident case review.