An accident in Fallbrook resulted in the death of one person and injuries to three more, according to an officer with the California Highway Patrol. Police officers believe drugs or alcohol may have contributed to the accident.
The accident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. on February 4. A 19-year-old man from Fallbrook was driving a 1996 Saturn heading north on Mission Road, then swerved into oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with a 2007 Ford U-Haul truck near Quail Knoll Road, just south of Fallbrook High School. The driver of the Saturn and his three passengers were all trapped inside the vehicle. One of the passengers, a 20-year-old woman from Escondido, died from her injuries at the scene.
The driver of the car suffered severe trauma and a broken left hand, and was taken via helicopter to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. He was expected to survive his injuries. The other two passengers were a 17-year-old Escondido girl and a 20-year-old Fallbrook man, who were both taken to Palomar Medical Center to be treated for moderate injuries.
Drunk drivers face criminal, civil consequences
Those who choose to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol endanger the lives of everyone on the road. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime, with those convicted facing large fines, suspended driving privileges and possible jail time. In addition to these penalties, they may also face civil action on the part of anyone they have injured due to their negligent behavior.
Thus, if you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, you may need to seek compensation from the individual responsible for the crash. If that individual has been convicted of DUI, you could find it easier to prove that he or she was indeed negligent.
To learn more about your options after a drunk driving accident, consult an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.