Drunk driving suspected in car accident on California highway

Posted on January 25, 2013 by

On behalf of The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter posted in Car Accidents on Friday, January 25, 2013.

When a driver gets behind the wheel after having too many drinks, that driver becomes a serious hazard to all other vehicles on the road. Drunk driving can cause vehicular or property damage, serious injury to other drivers on the road or even death. This was exemplified through a recent alleged drunk driving accident that sent three people to the hospital, and temporarily closed a California highway.

Two people were taken to the hospital after an alleged drunk driver slammed into their vehicle head-on. According to the California Highway Patrol, a man driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix was traveling eastbound when his car drifted into the westbound side of the highway. It then crashed with a 2010 Toyota Tundra. The driver and passenger of the Toyota Tundra suffered moderate injuries. The driver of the Pontiac Grand Prix also sustained moderate injuries and was taken to the hospital. It is suspected that alcohol played a key role in the crash.

Drunk driving can be a very serious offense, and a police report may prove essential to a victim who wishes to sue a drunk driver. When there is a car accident involving a suspected drunk driver, police may ask the driver to undergo a field sobriety test. The officer may also inspect the driver’s vehicle for evidence of open alcohol contrainers.

In addition, in California, blood alcohol content (BAC) tests are required when a person dies less than a day after an accident. The police may compile all of this information into an official report, and the information provided in the report may be used in a lawsuit as evidence of the driver’s intoxication.

When a victim is injured in a drunk driving accident, he or she may pursue legal action to recover for medical expenses and other financial losses. Again, information gathered in a police report may prove pivotal in winning a lawsuit against a drunk driver.

Source: Tehachapinews.com, “Suspected drunk driver causes collision, CHP says,” Jan. 16, 2013

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