Details of the accident still vivid
Weeks later, she was still angry, wondering how it could have happened.
She recalls, “I was heading home on the freeway after an evening meeting and was grateful for the light traffic. A pair of bright headlights in my rear-view mirror caught my attention—someone back there started to change lanes then suddenly jerked back into the lane they were in.” That was odd because there were no other cars near that vehicle. She immediately sensed she should keep an eye on it.
The erratic behavior continued as the driver drifted in his lane, sometimes straddling two. Her first thought was that he must be distracted, maybe using a cell phone, sending text messages, or trying to eat while driving. But then, as she saw the driver belatedly signal to the right as his vehicle moved left, she worried that he might be under the influence. Drugs and alcohol simply make drivers unpredictable.
Get out of the wayGet out of the way
She tensed as the distance began to close between their two vehicles. The driver continued to speed up, moving up directly behind her.
She was driving in the middle lane of the freeway, with another car just ahead in the left lane. She desperately wanted to get out of the way so signaled to the right. Suddenly, the vehicle whipped out from behind and zoomed by on the right, barely missing her bumper. Fearfully, she kept a grip on the steering wheel and tried to maintain a steady course in the middle lane.
He ran right into her car
Boom! It all happened so fast. One minute she was driving straight ahead, and the next was shoved into the left lane with the force of the impact, barely missing the back of the other vehicle.
Even though his driving had been erratic, she never expected that the driver of the other vehicle would actually run into her. In the middle of an open road, with light traffic, all going in the same direction, in clear weather. But he did, seriously misjudging the distance as he cut in front of her—scraping and smashing the side of her car as he sideswiped it. But why? Why would he do that? It was a wide open road, with plenty of room for everyone!
The end of the story?
She later learned that the other driver took an exit further down the road and pulled into a small shopping center to check the damage to his truck. Local police on patrol witnessed the driver stopping, so offered assistance. Smelling alcohol, the officer administered a field sobriety test and arrested the driver for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Vancouver WA Car Accident Lawyer should be contacted for compensation for the injuries.
With information relayed from 9-1-1, the officer investigating the accident contacted her the next day. Still shaky, she told him she feared people might be driving with a “buzz” on at any hour of the day and that all her senses were on high alert, watching every driver around her.
His response? “Remember that feeling.” And to this day, she does.
Still, she knows that she was one of the lucky ones. It could have been worse. Although the physical damage to her vehicle was immediately obvious, that was only the beginning. Coming out of a state of shock after she arrived home, she realized she had also suffered physical injuries in the collision. She felt overwhelmed, knowing that the days to come would bring only hassles dealing with insurance companies, repair shops, rental cars, doctor’s visits… not to mention time off work … and all because of a drunk driver. The thought of it made her angry, but left her exhausted.
The good news is that she did not have to go it alone. Help from our office was just a phone call away, providing her with guidance and support to restore what was damaged by the actions of a drunk driver.
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The impact of driving drunk is truly sobering
The US Department of Justice estimates that 3 out of every 10 Americans will be involved in a crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver at some point in their lifetime. That’s a lot of people.
The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion. That’s a lot of money.
And think about it – every single accident and death could have been prevented.