Where there are large crowds of people walking near roadways, there is also the potential for multiple injuries if a vehicle veers off the road for any reason. Although a driver can lose control due to sudden illness or injury or even simply from a moment of distraction, authorities often conclude that drugs or alcohol are to blame in car accidents. Such was the case in California when a driver under the influence of drugs plowed his truck into a large crowd of people.
The incident happened very early on a recent Sunday morning when hundreds of people walked the sidewalks of a road in Fullerton that is home to restaurants, bars and parking lots. Likely, many of these people were heading home after an evening out. Reportedly, police arrived at the accident scene to find a pickup truck that had apparently collided with a tree, causing serious front-end damage. Police and several bystanders worked to free several people who were trapped underneath the truck. The truck had also crashed into three vehicles parked on the street.
The crash left 10 people in hospital, some of those suffering from life-threatening injuries. According to police, the 22-year-old driver was under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident. They have since charged him with driving while intoxicated causing great bodily injury.
Car accidents involving pedestrians tend to result in serious injury or sometimes even death for the people hit by a vehicle. In this case, this driver caused more damage than is typical, since multiple pedestrians were affected, some of them significantly. In situations such as this one, when the vehicle driver has proved to be responsible for the crash, the injured parties have the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in civil court. If successfully litigated, a lawsuit can result in victims receiving compensation to help them with many unexpected expenses that tend to manifest at these times. An experienced California attorney can provide guidance with such cases.