A police officer, identified as Rohnert Park Police Sgt. Dave Welch, was injured in a DUI collision in the San Francisco Bay Area the morning of September 5, 2010. Bay City News reports that the crash occurred when the police officer's SUV was struck head-on by another vehicle driven by 27-year-old Joshua Hicks. Although Hicks attempted to leave the scene, Welch was able to stop him. Hicks was booked on suspicion of drunk driving. His blood alcohol content was measured at 0.16 percent - twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Welch sustained arm, back and shoulder injuries.
I sincerely hope Dave Welch did not sustain major injuries in this crash. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
There were three fatalities and 89 injuries involving car accidents in Rohnert Park, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS).. In Sonoma County as a whole, 36 people died and 1,988 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
California Vehicle Codes
It is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) to drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. It is also against the law to leave the scene of an accident before authorities arrive and without providing information such as driver's license, contact information and insurance details to the other parties involved. California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) states: "The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident."
Claim for Compensation
Based on this news report, the police officer was on-the-job at the time of the collision. In addition to claiming workers compensation benefits, Sgt. Welch can also file a claim for compensation against the at-fault driver. In such cases injured victims can seek damages for medical expenses, loss of wages, hospitalization, physical therapy and other costs. A knowledgeable San Francisco personal injury lawyer will also be able to advise victims about how their own car insurance policy applies to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.
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