Two people died Tuesday, June 27, in a head-on collision between a pickup truck and a Mercedes sedan on a rural road in North County.
The accident reportedly occurred just before 1 p.m. on Lilac Road in Valley Center. A Ford Explorer Sport Track was driving along the road when it suddenly crossed over the double yellow center line, striking the Mercedes head-on. The 83-year-old woman driving the Mercedes and her 81-year-old male passenger were both killed in the crash.
The driver of the Ford was a 27-year-old woman from Escondido who did not have any passengers with her at the time. She suffered significant injuries and had to be airlifted to Palomar hospital. According to the California Highway Patrol, she was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.
Because the pickup was reportedly carrying pool cleaning chemicals, a hazardous waste team had to be called to the accident site.
Drugged driving becomes a major problem nationwide
The percentage of impaired driving cases involving drugged drivers rather than drunk drivers has rapidly increased nationwide over the past several years. The courts treat the two types of cases the same general way — a person who causes injuries or deaths while under the influence of drugs is automatically considered liable, which means the plaintiff in a personal injury claim may find it a little easier to prove negligence and seek compensation.
To learn more about how you should proceed with a personal injury claim after a serious crash, meet with a skilled San Diego auto accident attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.