All too often, we hear about San Diego car accidents due to drinking and driving. Unfortunately, the prevalence of drunk driving continues its momentum according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention despite the many public programs designed to combat this problem. Of the many DUI-related accidents we report on, many tragically result in death. If the individuals involved in the alcohol-related car accident are fortunate enough to live, some individuals are unfortunately scathed as a result.

The truth is that too many drunken driving accidents result in catastrophic injury, paralysis and disfigurements. It’s a very sad reality.

In a recent rollover DUI car crash in a San Diego, one man learned an extremely hard lesson about drunken driving and its effects on the roadway. After his alcohol-related crash, he is fortunate to be alive. Unfortunately, he will forever live with the fact that he took away another man’s enjoyment of life after his decisions resulted in the man’s catastrophic injury. The injured man will always be affected by the other driver’s bad choices. Quite simply and tragically, the effects of drunken driving accidents can last forever.

The tragedy began when the 50-year-old drunken driver in question ran a red light near University and El Cerrito Streets in San Diego when he collided with a Toyota Pruis driven by a 56-year-old man. According to reports, the Prius rolled over onto the driver’s side where it slid across the road. The Prius driver was found on the ground bleeding heavily from a severed arm.

The driver in question was arrested for suspicion of felony drunk driving, officials said. The condition of the injured man is unknown although he is expected to survive the accident.

DRINKING AND DRIVING: THE COLD, HARD TRUTH

It goes without saying that these types of accidents are extremely tragic for everyone involved, but especially for the injured parties. Alcohol-related accidents are completely preventable, yet, unfortunately, they occur on a near-daily basis in San Diego. Our plea to you: Don’t make a bad decision when it comes to alcohol.

30 PEOPLE DIE EACH DAY DUE TO ALCOHOL-RELATED CRASHES

Every single day in America, 30 people needlessly die due to drinking and driving car accidents. The best line of prevention is good choices. Of course, as in this case, you cannot completely prevent someone else from crashing into you as a result of their impaired driving. Nevertheless, you can choose to drive during the day if possible, approach intersections cautiously and report drunk drivers when you see them.

EVEN ONE DRINK CAN AFFECT YOUR DRIVING

Think you’re an “experienced” drinker? Even one beer can cause you to become a risky driver. Two beers can bring your blood alcohol level up to 0.02 percent. Double the beers and you’re already at 0.08 percent – not only illegal when driving but completely risky when it comes to your safety and that of other drivers. Why not designate a driver ahead of time and steer clear of increased risk?

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS SAVE LIVES

Don’t get annoyed the next time you hit traffic due to a sobriety checkpoint – it’s all worth it considering that checkpoints are responsible for preventing at least 9 percent of all alcohol-related car accidents according to the CDC. Thank a police officer the next time you find yourself in a checkpoint. Lives are being saved.

NEARLY 30 PERCENT OF ALL FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASHES ARE DUE TO ALCOHOL

Motorcycle + alcohol = bad idea. It goes without saying that riding a motorcycle takes increased focus, attention and navigation skill compared to driving behind the wheel. Don’t even think about risking your safety on a motorcycle. ZERO drinks when riding!

WHEN ALCOHOL-RELATED CRASHES OCCUR

Unfortunately, drinking and driving hurts and kills people. That’s the cold, hard truth. If you’ve been involved in a DUI-related car accident in San Diego, you should talk to a car accident attorney as soon as possible to ensure all of your legal rights are preserved. For a FREE consultation about your case, call us now 24/7 at 1-858-551-2090.

 

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