A man and a woman were injured in a San Diego car accident, which officials report, involved a drunk driver. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the DUI collision occurred on College Avenue near Lambda Drive in San Diego, the evening of November 6, 2011. The 51-year-old female driver was travelling the wrong way on the roadway when her Mini Cooper collided with a Kia sedan driven by a man in his 30s. Both drivers were hospitalized with broken bones. The female motorist has been charged with drunk driving.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim of this San Diego car accident. I wish this DUI crash victim the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
San Diego DUI Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 27 people were killed and 748 were injured in alcohol-related crashes in San Diego. During that same year, 103 fatalities and 1,754 injuries occurred as a result of DUI collisions countywide.
Based on this news report, the female driver of the Mini Cooper was driving on the wrong side of the road while under the influence of alcohol. 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 also against the law to drive on the wrong side of the roadway.
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, victims can file a personal injury claim, seeking damages to cover medical expenses, the costs of rehabilitation, lost wages, hospitalization, and other related expenses. Injured victims of negligent drivers would be well advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of financially pursuing drunk drivers. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to car accident victims and their families. For more information about the dangers of driving under the influence, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at www.madd.org.