by Michael Pines

A San Marcos man is in critical condition after crashing his Lamborghini in what officials are calling a drunk driving accident on I-15. Officials say the 35-year-old man was traveling at speeds of up to 100 mph just before his car crashed near Mission Road.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened at 11:20 pm last Saturday. When the driver lost control over his vehicle, it collided into a center median, causing it to split in half and burst into flames. The man sustained serious injury including burns to the face and other areas of the body. He was immediately airlifted to UCSD hospital where he was treated, and where he currently remains.

There’s no doubt that accidents like these involving alcohol and high speed driving can be avoided. It goes without saying that drunk driving is irresponsible and reckless – so, the question is, why do people do it?

Why do people drink and drive?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), people who drink and drive certainly do not plan to. But, it happens nonetheless. The study concluded that social and environmental influencers ultimately lead people to drink and drive.

“Heavy drinking often arises in response to subtle overt encouragement from friends,” the study said. “For example, hosts may give the impression that they expect over consumption and do not appreciate moderation. Or, friends may promote heavy drinking to feel more comfortable in their own over consumption.”

The study added that, “about one fifth of the decisions to drink and drive come from within the individual.”

If you want to make a change, and help stop DUIs, you can:

–          Act as a responsible host. Do not encourage friends to overindulge and always prepare for some guests who may need assistance in getting home. Having cab rides prepared ahead of time is a good idea.

–          Cut off drinks an hour before the party is set to end. By serving non-alcoholic drinks before the party wraps up, you can help your guests reduce the temptation to over-indulge before driving home.

–          Serve food alongside alcoholic beverages. Help your guests get full on good food, not alcohol.

And, if it comes down to a decision from within, check out these stories on Faces of Drunk Driving for a dose of reality. It’s a sobering reminder when people realize just how dangerous drunk driving can be. Please – let’s work together to keep the road safe. Don’t drink and drive.
About the Pines Salomon Injury Lawyers, APC.

Michael Pines is a personal injury lawyer in San Diego with over 20 years of experience in DUI accident injuries. As an Accident & Injury Prevention Expert, Mike has partnered with other safety experts to help stop senseless accidents and injury. If you have been injured in a DUI car accident, call our offices at 1-858-551-2090 for a FREE consultation. You may be entitled to financial compensation, and there are no fees unless we win. Call us today.