Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Animals like cats, deer, dogs, and racoons are on California's roads, increasing the risk of accidents and possible DUI arrests, lawyers say.

A real nice lady who drives for a living in California came into my San Diego County DUI Law Center office with a sad gonna-lose-my-job story yesterday.  She was sleeping when her friend called for a ride home late the other night.  She had not been drinking.

Just a block from her home lived San Diego's Cat Lady, owner of 20 cats.  Coming around the turn on a foggy night, she saw a cat dart in front her on the street.  Not wanting to hit a cat, she swerved and ended up hitting a neighbor's car.

Since it was after 1 in the morning, she didn't want to start waking up neighbors to find out which neighbor owned the car.  Since she only lived a block away, she figured she would come back when it was light out and find the owner so she could give her insurance company information to get the car fixed.

Instead of parking in the back of her house, she parked in the front.  She was a little upset over the accident.  To calm her down, she and her friend started drinking.

Someone had called the police and they saw her vehicle also with a little damage.  The police knocked on her door, told her to come out, asked if she had been out.  She said she was called to pick up her friend and drank after she got home.  The California DUI police still arrested her for hit & run and DUI.  Suddenly she needed a good San Diego drunk driving criminal defense attorney.

She did not get drunk until after she drove, when she came home.

In Northern California this month, deer are mating and deer are very active. Deer vs. vehicle accidents are at risk.

A couple days ago, a CHP DUI cop near Aptos California saw a a deer dart in front of him on Highway 1.  Not wanting to hit the deer, the police officer swerved, slammed into a guard rail, and spun into the center divider.

Fortunately no one was hurt in either incident.

Neither driver was DUI at the time.

In Placerville, California CHP is investigating why a Prius veered into oncoming traffic Saturday night on Highway 50 causing a fatal collision.  Officer Cuthbertson wouldn't be shocked to find out the driver swerved to avoid hitting an animal.  

This CHP officer tells drivers to hit a deer instead of swerving to avoid the deer as many vehicles would lose control, attorneys are told.

Lots of animals are on our California roads.  It takes a remarkably alert and cognizant driver to avoid hitting the animal.  But that does not mean an accident will not occur, lawyers say.