No matter how many warnings we see, and despite what common sense tells us, people still choose to get behind the wheel when they’re intoxicated. Sometimes, they convince themselves that they’re fine to drive and the alcohol in their system impairs them enough to believe it. Other times, it’s a question of convenience. They don’t want to spend money on a cab or they rationalize it because their house is so close that nothing could possibly happen in such a short distance.
Whatever the reason, that kind of thinking can lead to accidents, which leave devastating physical and emotional destruction in their wake.
It may have been the cause of one recent car accident in the San Diego area. A woman driving a Toyota Sienna was headed westbound near Camino San Bernardo when she slammed head-on into a Toyota Corolla. The 38-year-old driver of the Corolla was killed in the crash, while the driver of the Sienna was severely injured.
California Highway Patrol Officers suspected that the woman driving the Sienna was intoxicated at the time and arrested her. She is now facing charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing injury.
The woman will have her day in court, but in cases like these, the family that’s left behind is burdened with not just grief, but also medical expenses, lost wages and funeral costs. An attorney with experience in handling car accident cases may be able to help suffering families take care of at least the financial burdens of losing a loved one.
Source: nbcsandiego.com, “Woman Dies in Fatal Head-On Crash in 4S Ranch,” Samantha Tatro, December 18, 2016