The dangers of drinking and driving are well-publicized in an attempt to deter drivers from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence. Unfortunately, these attempts are not always successful, and some drivers in California make the decision to drive while intoxicated. In fact, drunk driving is believed to have been a factor in a recent motorcycle accident that resulted in serious injuries.
The incident happened one afternoon on a day in September. According to reports, a 24-year-old man was driving under the influence of alcohol. Reports indicate that he struck a utility box and a Caltrans sign before becoming involved in the accident that sent a man to the hospital. A concerned motorist had already contacted police when the final accident occurred.
The man reportedly drove westbound on a northbound highway. A second car reportedly struck his before the former lost control and struck a motorcycle. The responding officer claims that it was "obvious" that the driver of the first vehicle was intoxicated. Though the motorcyclist is expected to recover, he suffered what is described as "major injuries" to his right side.
The allegedly intoxicated driver has since been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. While the motorcyclist is expected to live, often injuries can create implications for a person for the rest of his or her life, impacting both the victim's personal and professional lives. Additionally, medical bills can quickly become overwhelming. As a result, the injured man may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit as a result of the California motorcycle accident. An experienced attorney can help him evaluate the potential financial impact of injuries suffered and help determine the most appropriate course of action.