Three motorists were injured by a wrong-way driver on San Francisco's Bay Bridge on Nov. 8. Drugs are suspected, according to a representative of the California Highway Patrol, and an investigation into the accident is ongoing at the time of reporting.
All motorists involved in the crash were transported to San Francisco General where they were evaluated. According to officials, one of the motorists was described as suffering serious injuries.
The driver who allegedly caused the crash was taken into custody and remanded to the county jail in San Francisco after being released from the hospital. She is facing charges of being impaired by drugs while driving and causing injury to another as well as operating a motor vehicle without a license.
The car accident happened around 8:30 p.m. when the wrong-way driver entered bridge traffic and continued westbound in the eastbound lanes, according to CHP. As the female driver, 32, approached a stretch of the bridge near Treasure Island, the driver reportedly struck another vehicle heading east and hit the sides of two other vehicles. All traffic in the eastbound lanes was halted for about 15 minutes as victims of the accident were taken off the bridge with a few lanes opened to limited flow for a few hours.
An accident caused by a driver who abandons his or her responsibility to obey the laws of the road, as in this case, may be considered negligent and liable for financial cost to the victims. This involves expenses due to medical care and lost time from work among others.
An attorney may assist the injured party by evaluating the crash using accident reports and witness renditions to establish fault. The attorney may help file a personal injury suit on behalf of the injured individuals to recover damages.
Source: SF Gate, "CHP: Woman high on drugs injures 3 in wrong-way Bay Bridge wreck", Evan Sernoffsky, November 10, 2014
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