An unidentified woman who was traveling the wrong way on an Anaheim freeway struck another vehicle early this morning, the Orange County Register reports. The driver and front-seat passenger of the other vehicle were killed. Two back-seat passengers, who have been identified as minors, were hospitalized with serious injuries.
The crash occurred at about 3 a.m. this morning when the suspected drunken driver was traveling westbound in the eastbound FasTrack lane of the 91 freeway near the 55 freeway.
In 2007 alone, there were 3,669 injuries and 106 fatalities due to drunken driving accidents in Los Angeles County according to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. If, after investigation, police determine that the woman who caused this accident was driving while intoxicated, she can be held both criminally and civilly responsible for her negligence.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunken driving accident, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney who has your best interest in mind and will help you recover damages from the accident. We firmly believe that drunk drivers should be held liable for their actions and will fight to ensure this until you are fully compensated.
A Verizon truck going southbound on the northbound 101 freeway caused a six-car crash and one death yesterday in Santa Barbara, according to the Santa Barbara Independent.
At approximately 6 a.m., the Verizon truck entered the 101 heading the wrong direction near near Glen Annie Road in Goleta. Ten minutes after entering the freeway, the truck struck a white van, killing the driver. Six other vehicles were involved in the crash, leaving two people moderately injured and three others with minor injuries.
According the U.S. Department of Transportation, an average of 350 people are killed annually due to wrong-way freeway crashes. The Transportation Department’s website lists California as one of the few states taking initiative to combat this serious problem with ramp design, signage, and other safety improvements.
A 1989 California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) study found that drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol were responsible for 76.8% of fatal wrong way car crashes. In a crash such as this, one of the first questions to ask is whether drugs or alcohol impaired the wrong-way driver. Officials who are still investigating the accident have not said publically whether alcohol or drugs were a factor.
The crash victims and their families deserve answers. With knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorneys, those injured in the crash can be compensated for medical expenses and lost earnings from work. The family of the deceased victim may be able to file a wrongful death claim as well.