KEYT News reports on July 18th around 2:03 a.m. 19-year-old Jorge Angel Perez was speeding on US-101, north of Telephone Road in Ventura, California.
Perez was allegedly under the influence when he approached a car going slower than him and tried to swerve out of the way to avoid it. His vehicle then went off the road and turned over, ejecting his passenger.
The passenger died from their injuries and the other 2 passengers were hospitalized for moderate injuries.
Perez was arrested for Felony DUI causing injury and death and gross vehicular manslaughter. The investigation of the incident is still underway.
Attorney Bobby Thompson represents victims of drunk driving accidents, helping them recover the financial compensation they deserve. Below Bobby shares some insight on the legal options available to people who have been hit by drunk drivers in California:
People who have been injured by drunk drivers are able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver in all 50 states. In many states, these victims may also have the option to file a lawsuit against a third-party because of dram shop laws. ‘Dram shop laws’ allow alcohol vendors and social hosts to be sued for injuries caused by people to whom they provided alcohol.
California is one of these states with these third-party liability laws. In California, an alcohol vendor or a private social host can be held liable for injuries caused by DUI crashes if they served alcohol to someone under the legal drinking age of 21 years old, who caused injuries from a crash.