The driver and passenger on a motorcycle were killed early Monday morning when they were hit by a Hyundai traveling the wrong way on Madison Avenue near Lincoln Oaks Drive.
The collision caused both vehicles to catch fire, causing the man and woman on the motorcycle to sustain severe burns. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Hyundai was able to exit his vehicle and walk to the sidewalk after the crash. He remained there until authorities arrived and arrested him for driving under the influence, driving with a blood-alcohol content of at least .08 and felony manslaughter.
Investigators will conduct a 360-degree inspection on both vehicles to see if there were other factors in addition to the driver’s impairment that contributed to the accident, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Chad Hertzell.
The accident led to authorities closing all westbound lanes of Madison Avenue at Linda Sue Way. Those traffic lanes were eventually re-opened.
Every year, impaired driving is one of the leading causes of traffic fatalities in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows that almost 30 people die in impaired driving accidents every day. There is a traffic fatality involving an impaired driver every 53 minutes.
Moreover, nearly one third of 2014 traffic fatalities involved an impaired driver, which equates to almost 10,000 deaths that year.
If you or a loved one has been severely injured or died from a motorcycle accident with a drunk driver, you may be able to recover compensation for mental, physical and financial damages.
The motorcycle accident lawyers at the Arnold Law Firm offer a free consultation to review your claim and advise you of all of your legal options.