Oftentimes, motorists lose control of their vehicles because of overcorrection. In other words, a driver will brush up against the guard rail or the median and panic, thinking that the collision is worse than it actually is. Panicked motorists are more likely to overcorrect and turn sharply, sending their vehicle out of control.
According to NBC San Diego, a suspected drunk driver lost control of his vehicle on Saturday, April 19 in East County. At approximately 7:30 a.m., the 26-year-old motorist was driving west on Interstate 8 near the intersection with Lake Jennings Park Road in a 1997 Nissan Sentra. While reportedly driving 70 mph, the driver drifted into the center median and overcorrected back to the right, losing control of his vehicle in the process.
The Nissan then barreled through a chain link fence and collided with a concrete culvert, according to California Highway Patrol officials. The driver was accompanied by two 20-year-old passengers who died in the accident. Emergency crews soon arrived to the scene of the accident and found the 26-year-old seriously injured but still alive.
The victim, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, was quickly escorted to Sharp Memorial Hospital for treatment. Authorities stated that the driver will face charges of felony DUI causing death and vehicular homicide. Furthermore, due to previous DUI convictions, the driver will also face a murder charge.
Intoxicated drivers are more likely to overcorrect and lose control after brushing against a median or guardrail due to impaired ability to judge distances. Loss-of-control accidents yield horrific consequences, such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or even death.
I Was Injured In A Drunk Driving Accident And Need A San Diego Injury Attorney
After a car accident, the liable party’s insurance company will likely try and convince you to agree to a settlement. However, it is wise to not sign anything before first relaying your experience to an experienced attorney, because you may be able to receive a larger compensation by taking the issue to court.
[Did You Know: According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the average DUI has driven drunk 80 times before being arrested.]
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