A recent collision on the El Camino Real bridge left three people with major injuries, according to a recent report. The accident occurred when an unidentified 77-year-old woman driving a GMC Envoy slammed into a guard rail then crossed over traffic to crash head-on into a Mazda Miata. The impact was hard enough to knock the car through the guardrail, where the engine compartment dangled over the edge of the bride. Firefighters worked for 20 minutes to rescue the 53-year-old woman driving the Miata and her 53-year-old male passenger. All three victims were transported to an area trauma center, one with life-threatening conditions. Police say that alcohol may be a factor in the crash. The El Camino Real bridge remained closed during rescue operations and for police to investigate the accident.
Despite concerted campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving, many drivers continue to engage in this incredibly dangerous behavior. According to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers or MADD, the average drunk driver has driven while intoxicated about 80 times before his or her first arrest. At any given time, there are untold numbers of drunk drivers on the road, all of them presenting a danger to innocent victims.
MADD also notes that 28 people die in the United States every day as a result of drunk driving. The families of these victims, as well as those who suffer injuries due to drunk drivers, often find it difficult to collect compensation for their injuries since so many drunk drivers continue to drive on suspended licenses and without proper insurance.
If you are injured by a drunk driver, it may seem that you do not have many options regarding compensation for your injuries, particularly if the driver has no insurance. However, it is not always true that you have no options. In fact, many victims may be able to collect damages from other sources, including their own insurance companies. In order to do so, however, it may help to speak with a personal injury attorney like Dan Gilleon in San Diego.
Dan Gilleon has been helping the victims of drunk driving crashes for many years. Contact him today for a free consultation to learn more about how you may be able to collect compensation to pay for your medical bills and other expenses.