13 Injured After Drunk Driver Hits Parked Minivan in Alhambra

DUI pedestrian accident in AlhambraA drunk driving accident injured more than a dozen people looking at holiday light displays in Alhambra Sunday night.

Ismael Soto, 28, T-boned two parked minivan near the intersection of Fremont Ave. and Popular Blvd., pushing one of the minivan into a crowd of pedestrians.

The elaborate holiday displays on the intersection draws a lot of spectators. 

Eleven of the thirteen injured people were transported to the hospital. Four people are being treated for critical, but non-life threatening injuries. 

Alhambra police arrested Soto for felony DUI at the scene of the accident. Fremont Ave. was closed for investigation.

As the holiday atmosphere settles in between Thanksgiving and New Years, DUI accidents go up. About 40 percent of highway deaths on holiday weekends are alcohol related.

California law enforcement will combat these statics by cracking down on drunk driving from December 12, 2014 to January 1, 2015.

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Accidents caused by drunk drivers are the most difficult to accept because they are so preventable. At Bergener & Associates, we understand the frustration DUI accident victims go through and are dedicated to helping them find justice. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a DUI accident give our Los Angeles County car accident attorneys a call at 1-800-881-2021 for a free consultation. We’re available to answer any questions or concerns you may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Thanksgiving Road Trip Tips

Thanksgiving Car Accident AttorneyAre you traveling for Thanksgiving? You’re not the only one. AAA estimates that 46.3 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles to celebrateThanksgiving. That is the highest volume of Thanksgiving travelers since 2007.

About 90 percent of travelers will be driving to their destination. 

Unfortunately, more cars on the road and holiday festivities creates more potential for auto accidents. Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday of the year. More than 500 people were killed on the road on last thanksgiving day. That is nearly 5 times the daily traffic fatality average.

You can take steps to keep your Thanksgiving road-trip safe and incident free by:

  • Wear a seatbelt and securely strap young children in an appropriate car seat. Wearing a seatbelt increases your chance of surviving a car accident by up to 60 percent.
  • Drive defensively. There are a lot more people on the road driving on unfamiliar highways or under the influence of alcohol. Keep an eye out for negligent and distracted drivers.
  • Keep an emergency road kit in the car packed with water, flares, and the contact information of your roadside assistance information. If anything does go wrong at least you will be prepared to quickly get off the road.
  • Plan your route ahead of time and leave early. Getting lost or speeding will limit your reaction time and increase your risk of an accident.
  • Don’t drive fatigued. Driving while extremely tired is just as dangerous as driving drunk. If you’re traveling a long distance, drive in shifts with another licensed driver.

A little preparation and caution can keep your holidays safe and stress free. Everyone at Bergener & Associates hopes you have safe and fun Thanksgiving weekend.

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If you were injured in a Thanksgiving car accident, our attorneys can explain your rights and options at 1-800-881-2021. An experienced member of our team is available to talk to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – even on Thanksgiving day.