Fresno DUI Accident Causes Multiple Injuries

Fresno DUI Defense Lawyer Discusses Recent Fatal DUI Accident

       On September 28, 2016 an accident, allegedly involving a DUI driver caused injuries to multiple people.  The headlines read about DUI and Injuries and even included a section about the victim's injuries along with the use of a helicopter to transport one of the injured victims to the hospital.  What the article failed to discuss was the fact that the section of road on Friant Road that leads to Table Mountain Casino is the location of a disproportionate about of serious accidents.  There are many factors that cause this section of road to be dangerous.  There are curvy mountain roads, a disproportionately high rate of late night and early morning travel, along with several changes in ambient light along the route.  Many people gather at the casino, which is open 24/7, allowing for sleep deprived individuals to travel at all hours of the day an night.  Are normal sleep patterns cause us to be tired at night, late night, and early morning.  

     Was this accident actually caused by a person driving while under the influence (DUI) or were other factors involved?  We must look at the situation, and accident, alleged present (at no specific level) of alcohol, and injuries that inflame our passions.  We must also look at the number of accidents on that strip of road, time of day or night, and whether the person driving was even at a BAC sufficient to cause impairment.  

      I have traveled to many cities across America to gain a specialized knowledge and education of the forensics, alcohol absorption, and the effects on a human, and this article is less than scientifically convincing.  Some of the specialized education I have attended as a Criminal Defense Attorney and DUI Defense Attorney include a Masters Degree in Forensic Toxicology from University of Florida, training on the science of the blood testing used in DUI cases, and specialty organizations such as California DUI Defense Lawyers Association, National College for DUI Defense, DUI Defense Lawyers Association, and the National Forensic College in New York.

    Being this was a dangerous strip of road, it was late at night, and the lighting is minimal, would this accident have happened even if the person had not consumed any alcohol?  If so, then alcohol is not the cause of the accident.  We all know that accidents happen even with sober people.  If read carefully, the article actually makes mention of exactly these facts.

    "It's dark out here. There's a curve coming up. There's a lot of heavy traffic, people coming from the casino. 24 hours a day. So you always need to be paying attention for every driver out there," said Nicholas Schofield, California Highway Patrol.

   This statement by a member of the CHP makes a mention of several of the factors that lead to accidents, none of which include alcohol.  We should all keep an open mind about whether this was a DUI accident until more proof is provided.

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Fresno DUI Lawyer Jonathan Rooker: Fresno area law enforcement agencies have some of the strictest DUI enforcement policies in the Nation. The first decision an officer makes during the DUI enforcement is the decision to stop the vehicle. It may be a driving pattern, maintenance infraction, tinted windows, or other issues the lead the officer to make that decision. The next decision is whether to have the driver exit the vehicle and conduct a DUI investigation. Factors include odor or alcohol, red watery eyes, and slurred speech. Timely stopping, parking, and fumbling with a license or insurance paperwork, all influence the officers decision to continue the investigation. Once outside the vehicle the subject may sway or have trouble following directions. At the conclusion of the third stage, the officer decides if there is probable cause for an arrest. If you are arrested, there are steps you should take on your own behalf. It is important for anyone cited for DUI to contact the DMV within 10 days to preserve their right to an Admin Per Se Hearing in front of a DMV officer. Failure to contact the DMV within 10 days may result in the suspension of your driving privilege. Remember, the officer arrests at probable cause, but it takes proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict. If the officer does their job right, a large percentage of the people should be found not guilty.

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