A motorcyclist died from injuries he sustained in a suspected drunk driving accident in early December on Interstate 5 near San Ysidro.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident occurred on the southbound side of the highway, near the exit for Dairy Mart Road, at approximately 5:15 a.m. Police say the driver of a Mazda 3 was under the influence of alcohol at the time and had entered the freeway going the wrong way. The driver of the vehicle then struck and killed the motorcyclist, afterward colliding with a pickup truck and injuring its driver.
All but one lane on the freeway had to be shut down for more than four hours while CHP officials worked on their investigation of the fatal accident.
Drunk driving is incredibly negligent
When drivers get behind the wheel after having too much to drink, they endanger the lives of everyone else on our roads and highways. Wrong-way accidents on the freeway are particularly deadly because they usually involve head-to-head collisions at high rates of speed. Those head-on crashes are the most impactful and are the most likely to lead to catastrophic injuries or death.
These accidents are even more dangerous for motorcyclists, who do not have the same protections as those afforded to drivers and passengers in most other types of motor vehicles.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a drunk driving crash, work with an experienced San Diego auto accident attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire. You may be able to secure compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.