The dangers of drinking and driving are well-known thanks to multiple public service campaigns. Unfortunately, drivers in California and across the country continue to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence, often causing car and motorcycle accidents with serious consequences. In fact, a man was recently killed in an accident in which authorities believe alcohol may have played a role.
The accident happened at approximately 8 p.m. on a day in late February. According to reports, an eastbound pickup truck crossed the solid yellow line, allegedly causing it to side-swipe a westbound pickup. The latter overturned, and its driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Unfortunately, the eastbound truck continued driving into oncoming traffic, striking a motorcyclist head-on. The 24-year-old driver of the motorcycle died at the scene. The California Highway Patrol believes that the driver of the eastbound truck, a 33-year-old man, was under the influence at the time, and he has been charged with DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter.
While drivers who are under the influence of alcohol can be dangerous to anyone they encounter, they can especially do harm in the event of motorcycle accidents. Because motorcycles lack many of the protections provided by more traditional vehicles, a serious -- even fatal -- injury is possible. Often, victims of such negligence, including surviving family members in the event of a fatality, are left reeling from the effects of another person's choices. Because of the financial harm that can follow an accident such as this, many choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the parties determined to be responsible.
Source: sandiegouniontribune.com, "Suspected DUI driver arrested after fatal crash near Vista", David Hernandez and Karen Kucher, Feb. 27, 2018