Have you ever driven in a new city with a lot of one-way streets? Chances are you probably drove down the wrong way and either got a lot of honks or some ugly looks. During the day and while consciously driving, wrong way driving can cause some havoc, but can usually be corrected. If you are cognitively aware that the wrong way occurred then you will do all you can to make sure that you correct yourself. Our Daly City Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys at Allegiance Law have a more depressing perspective of wrong-way driving. It is against the law in California to drink and drive.
It all starts with the first sip of an alcoholic drink, hit of a marijuana cigarette, or taste of any other drug. Driving under the influence of any substance—legal or illegal prescribed or un-prescribed—is illegal in California. The risk of driving under the influence is too great. Especially, when there are innocent people on the road just trying to go about their day or night.
Wrong way driving is what it sounds like. It is when a driver drives the opposite way of the road. For example, on a two-lane road you may have a northbound lane and a southbound lane. A wrong driver will head south on a north bound lane. This is clearly dangerous because where else is the northbound lane driver to go? What if there are other cars or barriers in the way from getting out of the way of the wrong way driver? Wrong way driving doesn’t happen very often, about 3% of all crashes. However, the fatality of a wrongway accident is between 12-27% higher than other forms.
Wrong way driving doesn’t just happen by mistake. Around 69% of all wrong way driving collisions were attributed to alcohol involvement. This equates to 31% of all fatal crashes attributing to alcohol impairment. In our own Daly City, a man was arrested for suspicion of DUI after he drove the wrong way and hit an SUV. The SUV was occupied by a father and his 7-year-old son. The two had minor injuries. The drunk driver suffered several head lacerations. Police were grateful that there were only minor injuries. No one knows how long the drunk driver was driving the wrong way. Statistically, the result should have been much worse than it was.
Getting into any vehicle accident is scary. Getting into one because of a drunk driver is maddening. Reckless and negligent behavior is inexcusable. Our Daly City Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys are ready to fight for you in court. You deserve to feel safe on the road again. You deserve to be compensated for the injuries you sustained. Drunk drivers are dangerous to you and others. Holding them accountable in court is the least we can do to make you feel whole again. Call 415-404-6395 or click here to start a conversation with our professional attorneys at Allegiance Law in Daly City today.