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Visalia, CA – CHP: Kids hospitalized after DUI crash

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VISALIA, CAAccording to the California Highway Patrol, drivers and their young passengers suffered moderate to serious injuries in a four-car crash on Friday night in Visalia.

Around 11:00 p.m., according to the CHP, they responded to a multi-vehicle collision on State Route 198 and State Route 65.

Investigation revealed that 40-year-old Exeter woman driving her Infiniti QX60 southbound on State Route 65 reached the junction as 32-year-old Ruben N. Martinez Jr. from Visalia, driving a Chevrolet Silverado, was heading west on State Route 198 approaching State Route 65. A 29-year-old Porterville man and a 30-year-old Woodlake woman were waiting in their respective vehicles in the left turn lane of State Route 198 westbound at State Route 65.

The Chevrolet allegedly struck the Infiniti’s left side after entering the intersection with its back to a red light. The Infiniti was thrown southwesterly to its immediate right across the center median by this incident, slamming into the Nissan and Mazda.

According to CHP, Martinez Jr. and the Infiniti’s driver both sustained serious injuries as a result. In addition, the driver of the Infiniti had five young passengers, ages 6 to 13, who were hurt moderately to severely. The two other vehicles’ drivers were unharmed.

Martinez Jr. will be arrested after being discharged from the hospital because the California Highway Patrol believies he was operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The Investigation is still underway.

Visalia DUI Accident Lawyer

California reported more than 1,000 vehicle accidents caused by drunk driving in 2018. About 30% of these collisions result in at least one death. In the United States, more than 10,000 people die as a result of drunk driving every year. Those injured in car accidents caused by drunk drivers are often much worse off than those who suffer injuries in regular wrecks. This is because drunk drivers tend to be more reckless than sober drivers. 

In addition to the mental and physical suffering that injured victims must endure, they are often faced with mounting medical bills as well as being forced to take time off work. People who are injured in accidents caused by negligent and reckless drivers should contact a car accident lawyer in California as soon as possible. In most cases, victims are entitled to compensation to help ease the financial burdens they will inevitably face moving forward in their lives.

Car Accident Attorney In Visalia

Torem & Associates is a California personal injury law firm that assists victims in filing lawsuits against negligent parties to seek compensation. The best possible case management is provided to our clients, as well as comprehensive legal education.

We at the Law Offices of Torem & Associates understand how difficult it can be to deal with the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident. The injuries you receive in a car accident can be physical as well as psychological. If you have been injured by an irresponsible or negligent driver, we can offer you a free consultation. You can rely on our team to assist you if you have been injured. Give us a call at 1-800-378-6736.

Note: Our team of writers utilizes secondary sources when creating these posts.  These sources include but are not limited to local news reports, police accident reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents in Visalia.  For that reason, the details surrounding the incident have not been independently verified by our team of writers.  If you locate any information that is not correct in our post, please contact our firm right away so that we correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available.  

Disclaimer: Our firm, Torem & Associates, has worked hard to become valued members of the local business community.  We write these posts as a way to bring awareness to the dangers of driving or being a passenger in any type of automobile accident. We hope that through awareness, people will use additional caution when out on the roadways in Visalia and throughout California to prevent being seriously injured in a crash. This post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. The information provided in this post is meant to be informational and is not intended to be misconstrued as legal or medical advice. The photos used in the post are not representative of the actual accident scene. 


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