Just yesterday in Orange, California, a motorcyclist was seriously injured
in a crash allegedly caused by
DUI. Orange County police believe the woman who caused the crash was driving
under the influence of drugs at the time. The incident occurred at approximately
2:20 in the afternoon. The woman was driving her motorcycle eastbound
on a street when a vehicle, driver by the woman suspected of DUI, pulled
out of a residential property onto the street.
Authorities believe that the woman driving the vehicle pulled out directly
in front of the motorcyclist while making a left turn from the property
onto the street. The woman who was riding the motorcycle was immediately
transported to the hospital from the scene of the accident. Authorities
made a statement that the motorcyclist appeared to be in her 50s and her
injuries were life-threatening. At the scene of the accident, the driver
of the passenger vehicle was arrested under suspicion of drugged driving.
The woman is now in Orange County Jail awaiting a hearing.
Any DUI lawyer will tell you how difficult it is to accurately determine
if drugs (whether prescription or illegal narcotics) were the sole cause
of an accident. The law has identified a concrete percentage of
blood alcohol concentration at which point a person is considered "intoxicated" while there
is no conclusive way to determine if drugs contributed to a crash, even
if traces of a drug are found in a person's system after blood or
In cases where
DUI of drugs is suspected, a DUI attorney will have to intricately examine the accident
to uncover any other potential causes of the incident. This type of investigation
can include an investigation of the vehicle itself. If it turns out that
the vehicle had some type of malfunction, then the DUID charges will likely
be reduced to something like "reckless driving." An investigation
should also take a look at the other driver. In this particular scenario,
the motorcyclist was advanced in years, which could potentially have contributed
to the accident.
These and many other variables must be addressed when it comes to a DUID
allegation. Did you know that, like the passenger vehicle driver in this
incident, a person can be arrested for DUID even if there were only
prescription drugs found in their system? Orange County law enforcement are cracking down
on not only intoxicated drivers, but drivers they suspect are driving
"under the influence" of drugs. Law enforcement is supposed
to only make DUI of drugs arrests when hazardous use of a drug is detected,
rather than minor or inconsequential use such as finding a prescription
bottle in the vehicle. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.