3/8/2012On the afternoon of Saturday, March 3rd, two riders were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident with an intoxicated driver in Pala. While riding west on State Route 76, a 51-year-old San Diego man and his passenger, a 47-year-old La Mesa woman, were struck by a Dodge Ram pickup truck that swerved into their lane. They were transported to Palomar Medical Center, where the man’s leg was amputated and the woman received treatment for life-threatening trauma. The driver of the pickup, 36-year-old Michael Inglett, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of drugs.
“The problem of drug-impaired driving is now eclipsing that of drunken driving,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis.
Throughout California, 30 percent of all drivers killed in motor vehicle collisions tested positive for legal and/or illegal drugs in 2010. While alcohol-related traffic fatalities have been steadily decreasing, with 2010 marking the lowest incidence ever recorded in the state, the number of drugged driving deaths has been increasing since 2006, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the two riders who were injured in the motorcycle accident with the intoxicated driver last Saturday a full recovery.
U-T San Diego originally reported this Pala collision.
Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on investigating a motorcycle accident and pursuing a claim for damages for injuries sustained in a collision, are available to the public free of charge.
To request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.
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