In Los Angeles County in 2014 during the July 4 holiday weekend, there are 45 mapped collisions in which alcohol was a factor (Berkeley Transportation Injury Mapping System)
It is not often that people see a high performance sports car such as a Ferrari, Maserati or Lamborghini as they drive down the street. If California drivers come upon an accident involving one of these cars, it would be easy to assume that the driver of the sports car is at fault for any serious injuries or deaths that occur. However, that is not always the case.
On Sept. 14 of last year, several bicycle riders were traveling through Boyle Heights in Los Angeles. A drunk driver plowed through the group of bicycle riders, killing one rider. Recently, that driver pleaded no contest in connection with the fatal car accident.
Far too many car crashes in California involve impaired drivers. For all the potential causes of a car accident, driving while intoxicated is one that can be controlled by those who choose to consume alcohol. Families who are unfortunate enough to have their lives turned upside down by the poor choices of a drunk driver should never have to endure such senseless pain, but, time and again, too many are forced to do so. Recently, a man has been accused here in California of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after another man's life was lost in a wrong-way car accident.
It is possible that the only reason a California man survived a horrific crash was because his was not the first vehicle hit by a suspected drunk driver. As it is, the sole surviving victim suffered non-life threatening injuries not only from the impact, but also from pieces of his vehicle's interior that were imbedded in his body. Six other people died in the tragic car accident.
Driving an automobile is one of the primary means of travel in the United States. The vast system of roads and highways allows for quick and easy transportation. However, there is the ever-present chance of something going wrong -- someone making a simple mistake -- and a car accident taking place. California drivers should understand the risks of collisions, especially wrong-way crashes.
It can be tragic enough for California families to lose loved ones in a car crash that involves alcohol. Finding out that the alleged drunk driver has an existing record of drunk driving can prove to be even more devastating. Any time that a motor vehicle accident could have been avoided -- such as when a drunk driver is reportedly involved -- that only seems to compound the tragedy for both relatives and the community at large. This may have been the case in one recent collision that left three relatives dead.
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