The California Highway Patrol has reported that a 32-year-old woman who caused a wrong-way accident on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Nov.8 has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs. Three people were injured in the multi-car crash, which occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the bridge. The woman was also cited for driving without a valid driver's license.
According to a CHP report, authorities were unclear about how the woman was able to enter the bridge in the wrong direction. Authorities say that several calls were made to the police by motorists who were on the bridge about a wrong-way driver. The woman's vehicle first struck an oncoming car head-on before sideswiping an additional two vehicles.
Responding emergency response personnel transported three vehicle occupants to a medical facility in San Francisco for treatment. One of the injured individuals was said to have suffered serious injuries. The woman was taken into custody and transported to the San Francisco County Jail after receiving treatment for minor injuries. Maintenance crews cleared disabled vehicles and debris from the roadway, and the bridge's eastbound lanes were reopened to traffic approximately 15 minutes after they had been ordered closed.
The injuries suffered in a head-on collision might be catastrophic in nature. This type of accident might occur at high speeds and give motorists little time to take evasive action. Those injured in this type of collision may require costly medical treatment, and they may be unable to work for prolonged periods. A personal injury attorney could pursue civil remedies on behalf of an auto accident victim when his or her injuries were caused by an impaired or reckless driver.
Source: SF Gate, "CHP: Woman high on drugs injures 3 in wrong-way Bay Bridge wreck", Evan Sernoffsky, November 10, 2014