Two passengers in a car driven by an alleged drunk and speeding driver ended up in the hospital with serious injuries after the car in which they were riding crashed in Portsmouth, Virginia (VA). The accident occurred on Portsmouth Boulevard just before midnight on May 29, 2014.
Police told news reporters that the wreck involved two vehicles, with the car being operated by the apparently impaired and reckless driver sideswiping another car from behind. After the initial collision, the speeding car ran off the road and knocked down mailboxes before slamming into a power pole and row of trees. The three people in the crashed car became trapped and needed to be cut free by paramedics before being transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The person driving the other vehicle also sustained very minor injuries and received treatment at the scene.
Drunk and drugged drivers often do more harm to friends and family members in their own cars than to anyone else. Similarly, speeding increases automobile accident risks. Add the general loss of control produced by intoxication to the challenge of properly controlling a vehicle traveling at an unsafe speed, and a tragic result seems almost ensured.
Fortunately, no one lost his or her life in this Portsmouth crash. As Virginia personal injury and wrongful death lawyers, however, my colleagues and I have had to assist far too many victims of auto accidents that could have been avoided if at-fault drivers had made the simple -- and safe and responsible -- decisions to hand over the keys after drinking too much or abusing drugs. We are saddened to learn of yet one more DUI crash.