Alcohol and speed can be a dangerous combination. A Los Angeles family found this out the hard way after their car was involved in a crash allegedly caused by a drunk and speeding driver. The accident occurred in East Los Angeles County this week on a road between La Puente and the City of Commerce.
According to preliminary investigations, a white sedan carrying a family of four was struck by a Jeep Cherokee traveling at high speeds. The man, who was driving the white sedan, was killed in the accident. At least four people, including the man’s children and a woman in the car, were seriously injured in the crash. Damage from the accident was severe, and the survivors had to be extricated using the Jaws of Life. There was only one passenger in the Jeep Cherokee, and he’s expected to survive his injuries.
Traffic investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department say they have no idea yet what speeds the Jeep Cherokee was traveling at the time of the crash, but the speed was high judging from the impact of the accident. The impact broke the wheel assembly and the axle of the Jeep Cherokee, and instantly killed the driver of the sedan. The drunk driver has now been arrested.
It’s not uncommon to see speed being involved in accidents caused by drunk driving. Driving under the influence severely impairs a person’s judgment, and his ability to make rational decisions. It leads to lack of inhibition and recklessness, and the person may indulge in dangerous behaviors, like driving at high speeds. Speeding and alcohol use are two of the most common causes of accidents. Nationwide, speeding is the number one killer, contributing to 31% of all accident fatalities. It is followed closely by intoxicated driving.
Strong efforts by auto safety advocates and Los Angeles car accident lawyers to bring awareness to this problem, has led to a decline in the number of people being killed every year in alcohol-related accidents over the past decade.