Two individuals were rushed to the hospital in a recent San Diego accident when a PT Cruiser slammed into a tow truck last Sunday afternoon on Eastbound 94. According to the California Highway Patrol, the tow truck was resting on the shoulder when the PT cruiser driver slammed into the truck shortly after 3:00 in the afternoon.
DUI accidents are unfortunately all too common and entirely preventable. Victims pay the price in terms of severe injuries, and family members who lose loved ones in these accidents may also be entitled to compensation through a legal claim as well.
In this accident, the PT Cruiser was then sent underneath the truck and the driver became pinned between the seat and the steering wheel. In order to get that individual out of the vehicle, emergency response teams had to remove the roof of the PT Cruiser in order to slide the individual out. That driver sustained internal torso injuries, leg injuries, and a head injury. The tow truck driver also suffered in the accident with leg and head injuries, meaning that both individuals were taken to the hospital. It is important to always be aware of any vehicles that are stopped on the side of the shoulder on any major California road.
Tow trucks, emergency response vehicles, or police officers may be on the shoulder of the road with minimal clearance on either side. Being aware of this situation and changing lanes where possible can help to minimize accidents. Traveling at an excessive rate of speed may put you at higher risk of being injured in an accident involving vehicles like this. If you spot any kind of vehicle stopped on the side of the road, you should always assume that there are individuals inside or around the vehicle and steer clear where possible. Obey all speed limits in order to minimize your chances of being critically injured in an accident involving your vehicle and another vehicle on the side of the road. If a DUI accident leaves behind injured victims, those victims may be able to pursue recourse through the legal system. DUI may claim the lives of others and is taken quite seriously in California.