At about 1 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, an 18-year-old man was seriously injured in a wrong-way DUI crash in Alpine. While traveling westbound on the eastbound side of Interstate 8 in a Toyota Scion at 100 mph, 28-year-old Mario Morales collided head-on with a Ford F-150 pickup truck. Emergency responders transported the driver of the Ford and Morales to the hospital to receive treatment for trauma ranging from moderate to major. Authorities suspect that Morales was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.
“Drivers who harm others while breaking the law may face criminal charges and civil lawsuits,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “The state will punish them for violating its laws and the victims will seek compensation for recovery-related expenses.”
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 17,889 people in San Diego County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a factor in 2,190 of the fatal and injury crashes that occurred in the county that year, which ranked 32nd out of 58 counties for its incidence of DUI crashes.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the driver who was seriously injured in the wrong-way DUI crash.
U-T San Diego originally reported this Alpine collision.
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