The accident did serious damage to both vehicles. Both drivers were rushed to the hospital, where they were treated for head and leg injuries. The San Diego police have confirmed that they suspect the incident to be a case of drunk driving.
If this is true, it would be yet another accident that could have easily been prevented. In a sense, this particular incident is fortuitous in that it did not have a fatal outcome for either of the drivers.
Drunk driving accidents are a serious problem
Nearly nine hundred people were killed by drunk drivers in California last year. This represents a tragic 28.7 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state. It is estimated that as many as 300,000 people drive drunk in American each day.
Drunk driving robs people of their loved ones, and provides anxiety and fear for everyone on the road. Hopefully, you will never have to be in drunk driving accident, but if you ever are, it helps to know what to do.
What to do if you are the victim of a drunk driving accident
- Call the police: If you are able, you should call law enforcement, so that they can document the accident, collect evidence and provide medical help if necessary. If you are unable to call the police, medical responders will arrive on the scene as soon as possible.
- Call an attorney: As soon as possible, it’s best to contact an attorney. Do not talk with the insurance company of the drunk driver until you have done so, as they may try to get you to admit some blame for the accident. An attorney can help you get what you need to repair your vehicle and pay for medical expenses.
- Make sure you have a copy of the accident report: Get a copy of the accident report from the police, and correct information inside that you believe might be incorrect. This will ensure the facts are accurately represented in the report.
Only time will tell if this recent accident was another case of drunk driving, but the core message remains the same. With all the uncertainties of the road, driving is dangerous enough without people knowingly putting others in danger. We need to work together to hold drunk drivers accountable for their actions.
Frederick M. Dudek is a San Diego personal injury attorney with a passion for fighting victims of drunk driving and other forms of negligence.