PALM DESERT, California (May 13, 2013) — An unlicensed driver was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Friday after he reportedly caused a 3-vehicle injury traffic accident on Monterey Avenue at Dinah Shore Drive, according to a press release issued by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

About 4:45 p.m. on May 10, 2013, Joseph William Knyvett, 32, of La Quinta was driving his Ford Explorer northbound on Monterey Avenue when he collided with the driver of a Ford Mustang who was traveling eastbound on Dinah Shore Drive. The impact of the crash caused the Explorer to overturn onto its driver’s side. The Mustang spun around and crashed into a Chevrolet Blazer that was stopped at red traffic light on the westbound side of Dinah Shore Drive, the report said.

Witnesses who saw the traffic accident came to the aid of Knyvett who was trapped in his vehicle following the crash. The bystanders managed to life the vehicle into the upright position back  on all four wheels, the report said. Knyvett was not injured in the crash, however, the driver of the Mustang was moderately injured and taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Knyvett was arrested on DUI charges and driving without a valid license. Palm Desert Police booked Knyvett into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, California.

Police say the Explorer and the Mustang both sustained major damage, but the Chevrolet Blazer had only minor damage due to the crash.

Police closed down the westbound lanes of Dinah Shore Drive for about one hour as they investigated the crash and debris was cleaned up from the roadway.
Knyvett was booked at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on DUI charges and driving without a valid license.

“Fortunately no one was killed in this traffic accident,” said Attorney West Thomas. “Drunk drivers are extremely dangerous and are the cause of thousands of deaths every year on our busy roadways.”

Victims who are injured in a crash with a drunk driver may recoup their financial losses even if the DUI driver did not have insurance if they have uninsured motorist coverage on their own policy.

A personal injury attorney can help anyone navigate the complex legal system and work as an advocate to ensure victims of these types of crashes are fairly compensated for all of their losses. Typically, those who are represented by an attorney in a car accident case recoup about 3.5 times more compensation for their losses than those who work directly with an insurance adjuster.

Witnesses are asked to contact Sergeant Dan Devinny at the Palm Desert Police Department, at (760) 836-1654, or they can call in anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867).
—The Thomas Law Firm