San Mateo, CA (September 12, 2022) – On Friday morning, September 9, a crash was reported in San Mateo that injured three people on I-280.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers were called a little after 4 a.m. about reports that a vehicle was traveling the wrong way on I-280. CHP officers reported that a Honda vehicle was traveling northbound, the wrong way, in the southbound lanes of I-280 near State Route 92 in San Mateo. Police officers immediately responded to the 911 calls, arrived in the area, and attempted to initiate a traffic break on southbound I-280 at Serramonte Boulevard. The Honda would not slow down and tried to evade the patrol cars. The Honda eventually crashed into the side of a CHP vehicle at full speed, continued, and ultimately crashed into another vehicle before coming to a stop.
Further emergency personnel was called after the accident occurred. Paramedics treated an officer who was injured, another person, and the driver of the Honda. The driver of the Honda was transported to the hospital for further treatment. There is no indication at this time as to the extent of the injuries incurred by the other two people.
Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. They believed alcohol played a factor in the crash and will arrest the driver of the Honda after he is treated at the hospital, for charges that include DUI and felony driving the wrong way causing injury.
Our thoughts are with the victim injured in this accident. We hope for the full recovery of all involved.
Accidents happen every day in California for a variety of reasons. Reckless and negligent driving is often at the top of the list of main causes. Impaired driving is reckless, negligent, and extraordinarily dangerous. Any time someone chooses to use alcohol or other drugs and then gets behind the wheel, their decision-making, reaction times and driving ability will all be impaired to some degree, depending on how much drugs or alcohol were consumed. When someone is driving impaired, they will often engage in other negligent activities, such as distracted driving, texting while driving, speeding, falling asleep behind the wheel, or failing to abide by traffic rules, such as stopping at traffic lights, stop signs, failing to yield, or driving the wrong way.
In California, many people are seriously injured or killed in DUI accidents each year. The law is clear; in California, it is illegal for any person to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, if the person is 21 years old or older, or 0.01% if the person is under 21 years old. Despite these strict laws and penalties associated with breaking the laws, California is struggling with an ever-increasing amount of DUI accidents. When drivers are engaging in negligent and risky behaviors such as drinking and driving, the chance of a serious accident increases dramatically.
A serious car accident can cause significant disruptions to your normal life, which may include new financial worries from past and future medical expenses, and lost income if you can’t work.
If you were in a DUI accident caused by someone else’s careless or reckless choices, it’s important to hold the at-fault person responsible for their actions. The negligent party may be required to help pay for your medical bills including any future medical expenses related to your injuries, pain, suffering, lost wages, vehicle repair or replacement, and other non-economic damages you’ve suffered.
If you or a family member were hurt in a DUI accident you should speak to an experienced car accident lawyer right away, who can walk you through the process of what is to come and help you understand your rights and what compensation you may be entitled to for your suffering. Contact a San Mateo car accident attorney by calling (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.
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