On Saturday, a box truck crashed into several vehicles, then struck a toll
booth on the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge. According to reports, shortly
after 5:00 a.m. the truck rear-ended a line of cars waiting in line for
the toll, which caused a chain reactions. The toll booth worker was killed,
and the truck driver and passenger sustained serious personal injuries.
The victim was a CalTrans worker. Five other people sustained minor to
moderate personal injuries in the incident. The driver was arrested under
suspicion of driving under the influence.
Despite widespread knowledge of the dangers of drunk driving and campaign
to end drunk driving, DUI accidents still occur at an alarming rate. Drivers
who cause DUI accidents with injuries and fatalities may face consequences
both in the civil and criminal justice system. This includes criminal
felony charges such as manslaughter, which may lead to prison time depending
on the driver's prior offenses. Additionally, they may be held responsible
civilly, such as through a wrongful death or other personal injury action.
In these situations, they would be required to pay civil damages for the
harm caused. This may include lost wages and emotional distress.
For more information or if you or a loved one was harmed in any type of
DUI accident, please contact the dedicated
San Francisco personal injury lawyers
at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation