Escondido, CA: A horrific crash took place in the early morning hours of November 25th just a day before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Just before 1 o’clock in the morning, according to police, 911 dispatchers began to receive phone calls from drivers on I-15 about a Honda Civic traveling in the wrong direction. According to callers, the Civic was traveling at a high rate of speed going southbound while on the northbound side of the interstate.
Before California Highway Patrol could respond to the reports, the driver of the vehicle crashed into a zipper machine used for resetting the highway to re-balance traffic between the lanes. The young woman, the vehicle’s sole occupant, was ejected from the Civic as a result of the crash. Paramedics transported her to the Palomar Medical Center, where her condition remains unknown. Police characterized the woman’s injuries as severe and potentially life-threatening, while also stating they believed alcohol was a probable factor in the crash.
Every year, approximately 800 people suffer injuries related to drunk driving crashes. A shocking 30 people die every day on average because of accidents linked to driving under the influence. These accidents can change lives in an instant, leaving individuals with serious injuries and even possible impairments that may impact them for the rest of their lives.
While the details of the crash are unfortunate, it is lucky that no one else was injured, especially considering the driver’s movement in the wrong direction of travel. However, hundreds of others are not so fortunate each day. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in an automobile accident because of a drunk driver, it is crucial that you understand your rights. You may be entitled to file suit and to claim damages.