Reports show that two individuals have sustained serious injuries after being involved in a suspected DUI accident.
Around 10:23 p.m. on Friars Road, a female driver, 20, was heading westbound when she swerved and hit a pole. Police do not yet know why she swerved and failed to break before hitting the pole. The female driver is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.
Her 21-year-old passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered major injuries to her head and chest from the impact of the crash. The driver also sustained major trauma. Both were taken to the hospital, but are expected to make a recovery. Police will be seeking an arrest warrant for the driver.
Each day across the US it is estimated that 30 people are killed by an alcohol-impaired driver. In 2010, more than 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence. It is also estimated that drugs, aside from alcohol, are involved in 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths. Sadly, these drugs are usually combined with alcohol, making the problem even more serious.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) states that teen alcohol use leads to 4,700 deaths each year, which is more than all illegal drugs combined. MADD also states that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and about a quarter of those crashes involve an underage drunk driver.
DUI accidents often leave those involved with serious injury. If you have been involved in a DUI accident that was caused by a drunk driver, it is important to know that even if the driver who caused your accident was underage, you can still file a personal injury suit. If you find yourself facing this situation, be sure to speak with a personal injury attorney like those at the Gilleon Law Firm, APC in San Diego. We can help you determine how much you are owed, from medical expenses to pain and suffering. We can also help you gather evidence to show the negligence the at-fault driver demonstrated which caused the accident and your subsequent injuries.
In some cases, you may need to consider filing a lawsuit against both the minor and the establishment which illegally served the minor alcohol. The Gilleon Law Firm, APC will help you determine who is responsible for the accident and who should be held accountable for paying damages.