The Associated Press recently reported that three teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 have been seriously injured and are in critical condition after being struck by a drunk driver while walking on the sidewalk. The motorist then crashed into a San Diego restaurant and injured two adults sitting inside the establishment. Accidents like these should never occur in the first place.
With thousands of motor vehicle accidents taking place throughout any given year, motorists and pedestrians are already at enough risk of being involved in an accident due to distracted driving and other causes without drunk driving factoring in as well. Approximately 452,595 vehicle collisions were reported in the state of California in 2008. The California Highway Patrol reports that there were 104 alcohol-related wrongful death auto accidents and 2,033 alcohol-related injury collisions in San Diego County in 2008.
It is no secret that the best way to help prevent drunk driving auto accidents in San Diego and throughout the country is to simply not drive while under the influence of alcohol. However, many drivers continue to believe that being “buzzed” does not qualify as being under the influence, and they are wrong. There is no arguing against the fact that alcohol impairs a person’s ability to safety operate a vehicle. Encourage your family and friends to always designate a sober driver or to take a taxi instead of driving after consuming any amount of alcohol.
As a highly skilled San Diego auto accident attorney who has dedicated years to protecting the rights of those injured in a wide range of accidents, including motor vehicle collisions and pedestrian accidents, Steven Elia can help you hold negligent parties responsible. Call 619-444-2244 today for a free consultation and to discuss the details of your case with experienced lawyer Steven Elia.