Criminal Defense in Orange County

Motorcyclist "Seriously Injured" in OC DUI Crash

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 urine testing.

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.