Arcata Collision Kills Man
I’m Ed Smith, an Arcata car accident lawyer. On Saturday, June 17, 2017, a 35-year-old man from Redding tragically lost his life after being involved in a suspected DUI accident. More about the accident is below.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County chapter of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident took place at about 3:35 a.m. at the exit for South G Street off of the southbound section of Highway 101.
Reportedly, the driver was traveling south at an unknown speed in a 2014 Dodge Journey SUV when he entered the exit for South G Street. CHP said that the driver apparently failed to maneuver properly through the curve at the far end of the exit, causing the vehicle to exit the roadway. After the vehicle drove off of the exit ramp, it collided head-on with a big tree and came to a stop.
When emergency medical responders first arrived at the scene of the collision, they immediately noticed that the Dodge had received major damages. When they got to the vehicle, they found the driver unresponsive but still alive. Responders also found a passenger in the vehicle who had sustained minor injuries.
The driver was immediately transported by medical ambulance to the Mad River Hospital where he was given treatment for his critical injuries. However, his injuries proved too great and the man was pronounced deceased in the hospital not long after arriving.
CHP has reported that they suspect driving under the influence to have been a factor that contributed to this accident. The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office is currently conducting toxicology tests to confirm whether or not the suspicions are true. It is also possible that speeding caused the driver to be unable to navigate the exit ramp.
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is to blame for nearly one-third of all auto accident deaths in the United States. Additionally, an estimated 10,000 Americans lose their lives in DUI accidents every year.
Alcohol’s depressive effects on the central nervous system make it more difficult for drivers to make good judgments and react to dangerous roadway conditions. Because of this, drivers who are found to have been drinking before an accident are legally considered to be negligent drivers and are liable to pay for damages incurred as a result of their actions.
Drivers are not the only parties that can be held responsible in DUI collisions. Liability may also fall on parties who improperly supplied alcohol to the drunk driver or provided the drunk driver access to a vehicle. If you or a friend have been drinking, always make sure you have a safe way home.
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