The California Highway Patrol responded to a head-on collision on Nov. 8 that injured three people and slowed traffic on the Bay Bridge for hours. The wreck took place due to a 32-year-old woman, who is from Vacaville, driving in the wrong direction while allegedly high on drugs.
The CHP received calls about a motorist traveling the wrong direction shortly before the accident that took place around 8:30 p.m. The driver gained access to the bridge near the toll plaza and drove west in the eastbound lanes, and her vehicle collided head-on with another vehicle near Treasure Island then sideswiped two more vehicles.
Paramedics transported the Vacaville driver and two other people to San Francisco General Hospital, and one driver suffered major injuries. The woman driving the wrong-way received minor injuries, and she was taken to the San Francisco County Jail. She is suspected of driving without a license and driving under the influence of drugs while causing injury to another.
While emergency responders brought equipment to the scene, Bay Bridge's eastbound lanes were closed for 15 minutes. All lanes did not reopen until 10:15. The investigation into this accident is ongoing, and the police are trying to determine exactly how the driver was able to enter the eastbound lanes while driving west.
Car accidents may leave victims with large bills because of medical expenses and property damage, but those who suffered injury in a motor vehicle crash may be entitled to compensation. Drivers engaging in negligent behavior are responsible for one's injuries when their actions contributed to an accident, and a personal injury suit can help a victim recover lost expenses. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is one type of negligent behavior, and blood tests might substantiate a DUI claim.
Source: SF Gate, "CHP: Woman high on drugs injures 3 in wrong-way Bay Bridge wreck", Evan Sernoffsky, November 10, 2014