The California Highway Patrol believes alcohol consumption may have contributed to a head-on collision that left two people requiring hospital treatment on Nov. 28. A 25-year-old woman was taken into custody following the crash after law enforcement officers determined she was likely driving under the influence. The accident took place in the eastbound lanes of Highway 44 around 1:50 p.m.
According to a CHP report, the woman suspected of driving drunk was proceeding westbound when her SUV crossed the centerline into the path of oncoming traffic. The SUV then struck an eastbound pickup truck before crashing through a field and into a fence. The woman is said to have told another motorist who stopped at the scene that she had fallen asleep behind the wheel.
Emergency response personnel arrived at the scene to discover the pickup truck resting on its roof beside the highway. The truck's male passenger had been pulled out of the wrecked vehicle by other motorists, but the 59-year-old woman behind the wheel was still trapped inside. Firefighters used hydraulic tools to free the woman before both of the vehicle's occupants were transported by paramedics to an area hospital.
Situations such as this one give drivers little chance to avoid a collision, and the injuries victims suffer are often catastrophic in nature. A personal injury attorney may pursue civil remedies on behalf of victims of car accidents when their injury, loss or damage was caused by the negligent actions of others. This litigation could seek compensation for an accident victim's property damage, medical expenses and income lost while they are unable to work.
Source: Record Searchlight , "Head-on crash on Highway 44", November 29, 2014