A drunk driver hit a tanker truck on Friday morning, causing it to overturn and spill thousands of gallons of gas on the road. The accident occurred on the westbound I-10 Freeway in the Inland Empire.
The accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. when a Toyota Camry made an unsafe lane change and hit a Kenworth tanker. This caused the tanker to roll over and come to a rest on the right shoulder of the freeway. The tanker then ruptured and spilled 7,000 gallons of fuel. The Camry’s driver was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Both drivers were treated for minor injuries at area hospitals.
Although this accident didn’t have a tragic ending, just hours of traffic tie-ups for annoyed drivers, thousands of accidents involving drunk drivers end tragically each year in the United States. According to the California DMV, there are around 1,500 people killed in automobile fatalities involving alcohol in California each year. In addition, there are usually between 700 and 800 people killed in accidents involving drugs in California each year. In the U.S., about 10,000 people are killed each year in drunk driving accidents – the equivalent of about 25 fully loaded Boeing 747s!
As a personal injury attorney, I represent people who are the victims of intoxicated drivers. I also represent victims of intentionally careless or negligent drivers. I help victims of automobile accidents receive the compensation they deserve from their accidents. If you have been the unfortunate victim of a drunk driver, contact California accident attorney Don Sjaarda at 714-963-8216. I will work hard to see that your past and future medical bills, lost wages, and more are covered by the responsible party.