Thousands of Stockton Residents Lose Power Following DUI Crash

Police are reporting that an intoxicated dump truck driver was to blame for an accident that caused thousands of Stockton, CA residents to lose power for hours on Tuesday, March 31st. According to Stockton Police, the dump truck driver slammed into a power pole near the 400 block of North Alpine Road, knocking down power lines and causing serious risk to all residents in the area. Thankfully, the accident did not impact any other motorists, but did leave nearly 6,000 residents without electricity for over 24 hours.

The dump truck driver was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) at the scene of the accident. DUI is a serious offense and is harshly penalized under California law. Drivers found guilty of operating a vehicle while over the legal limit of intoxication can face a multitude of penalties, including points on their drivers' license, penalties of between $390 to $2,600, and even possible jail time. California Police are stepping up enforcement of DUI penalties in order to demonstrate just how serious of an issue it is for all drivers.

While it is fortunate that no one was seriously injured in Tuesday's accident, this incident does demonstrate that drunk driving has a serious and harmful impact on other drivers, as well as the entire Stockton, Sacramento, and California communities.

Here are some statistics that demonstrate just how serious the drunk driving problem is in California:

In 2013, California ranked second in the nation (behind only Texas) in alcohol-related driving fatalities with 867.
California also ranked second in the nation behind Texas in the number of drivers arrested for DUI with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.15% or above. The legal limit in California is 0.08%, which shows that a disturbing amount of California drivers far exceed the legal limit when arrested.
In 2012, a shocking 33% of all vehicle fatalities in California involved an intoxicated driver.

Drunk driving is reckless, selfish and unacceptable behavior, and at Del Rio & Carichoff, Sacramento Car Accident lawyers, we have seen time and again the serious consequences it takes on victims and their families. This is why we are committed to representing the rights of victims injured by intoxicated drivers and fighting to ensure that they receive the maximum compensation for their serious injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident by an intoxicated, reckless or negligent driver, call Del Rio & Carichoff today. When you call, you will speak with an experienced and compassionate legal professional who will fight to protect your rights. When we represent you, you will never have to pay an attorney's fee unless we achieve a recovery for you.

At Del Rio & Carichoff, we don't get paid until you do. It's that simple.

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