Former Los Angeles Laker Derek Fisher Arrested on Suspicion of DUI
Derek Fisher, former Los Angeles Laker and ex-New York Knicks head coach, was arrested early morning on June 4, 2017 in Sherman Oaks on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. According to a news report in The Associated Press, Fisher’s vehicle overturned on the 101 Freeway. His only passenger at the time was former “Basketball Wives” reality TV star, Gloria Govan. Fisher and Govan escaped injury. The crash was reported on the westbound 101 Freeway approaching the 405 interchange.
Fisher was driving a 2015 Cadillac in the number four lane when he allowed the vehicle to veer right and onto the paved right shoulder. The Cadillac continued across the shoulder and struck the raised concrete curb and guardrail. The vehicle overturned and came to rest on its roof. Fisher and Govan were helped out of the vehicle. Investigating officers determined that Fisher had been drinking and he was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The California Highway Patrol’s West Valley office is asking anyone who saw the crash to call them at 818-888-0980.
DUI Crashes in Los Angeles
It is of course fortunate that no one was injured or killed in this particular crash. However, not many have been as fortunate. In 2013, 88 people were killed and 1,948 were injured due to DUI collisions in the city of Los Angeles. Countywide, during the same year, 217 fatalities and 4,251 injuries were reported due to DUI-related crashes.
Laws and Liability Issues
California law states that it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” It is against the law to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher.
In addition to facing criminal charges and penalties for driving under the influence, drunk drivers can also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause to fellow passengers and others who are affected as a result of their negligence. Injured victims can seek compensation for losses including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Victims or families that have lost loved ones in DUI crashes would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who can help them fight for the rights and hold the at-fault drivers accountable.