A devastating weekend DUI accident led to the deaths of two women in Sunnyvale. The California Highway Patrol says the multi-car collision occurred around 2:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2022.
KRON4-TV reports the accident occurred along U.S. Highway 101 near the Mathilda Avenue interchange. CHP investigators say the first vehicle struck a second vehicle. Two women in the second vehicle apparently got out of their vehicle onto the highway and then were struck by a third vehicle. The collision tragically killed both women.
The driver of the first car was arrested on DUI charges. The driver of the third vehicle will not face any charges in the accident.
DUI Accident Dangers in Santa Clara County
Sunnyvale drivers who get behind the wheel after partaking in a drug or drinking alcohol endanger every other driver and passenger on the road. They also put motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians at increased risk.
Even defensive motorists have trouble avoiding the random mistakes of DUI drivers because their actions are so impossible to predict. Unfortunately, the results of their thoughtless decisions are seen every year in car accident statistics.
California’s Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) recorded 716 traffic accidents involving alcohol in 2021 across Santa Clara County. Those accidents led to the tragic deaths of 20 people.
The saddest part about these all-too-common accidents is that they are a choice. People choose to get behind the wheel while impaired. They choose not to arrange for transportation before taking drugs or drinking alcohol when they can still make a safe decision. The legal system and family and friends of people who decide it’s okay to drive while intoxicated will have to take a bigger role in preventing these tragic mistakes.
A word for families after tragic Sunnyvale DUI Accidents…
If your loved one has been victimized in a fatal collision in Sunnyvale, you should be aware of the benefits available to you and your family through an insurance claim. Financial support should at least be expected to assist families with funeral costs and the loss of income the victim can no longer provide to close relatives. In some cases, more than one driver might be required to offer support to victimized families.
You can read more about these tragic cases on my page about car accident claims in Santa Clara County.