Fatal North County Crash May Have Been Linked to Drunk Driving
Posted on : January 10, 2018
by : Carlos Alvarez Tostado
A serious crash that left two men dead and others injured may have been the result of drunk driving. Learn more below about the recent accident, and about the rights of drunk driving victims to compensation after a crash. Contact an experienced San Diego accident attorney with any additional questions.
Multi-car crash on I-15
The recent crash occurred on the I-15 in Scripps Ranch near the Miramar Road and Pomerado Road off-ramp. At approximately 11:45 pm on Tuesday, January 2, law enforcement believes that a Ford Mustang traveling at an unsafe speed and in a reckless manner collided with the back of a Toyota Corolla. The Mustang swerved off the road, while the Corolla spun into oncoming traffic and became disabled. The disabled Corolla was struck by another vehicle. This caused the Corolla to burst into flames and caused the other vehicle, being driven by a San Diego Police Department sergeant, to roll over.
Bystanders managed to extract one of the Corolla’s three occupants, a woman who was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Sadly, two other men in the Corolla were killed in the accident. The police sergeant managed to escape his overturned vehicle and was taken to the hospital with moderate to minor injuries. The driver of the Mustang fled the scene of the accident on foot. He was later located in a hunt by law enforcement and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Claims for injuries caused by drunk drivers
California imposes tough penalties on those who are convicted of driving under the influence, especially when they cause accidents resulting in serious or fatal injuries. Not only will these drivers face criminal penalties for their reckless behavior, but they can also face a civil lawsuit for their reckless behavior in causing injuries to victims. Evidence of a criminal conviction can be useful in proving legal responsibility for causing a serious crash. Even where a driver is not convicted in criminal court of driving drunk, victims of car accidents can use evidence that the driver had been drinking to support a claim for negligence against that driver.
If you’ve been injured in a crash with a drunk driver in Southern California, find out if you have a claim for money damages against that driver by contacting the knowledgeable and dedicated San Diego personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at the Banker’s Hill Law Firm for a free case evaluation at 619-230-0330.