At about 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10th, five passengers—many of them teenagers—were injured in a drunk driving crash in a freeway construction area on the 10 Freeway in Colton. While traveling eastbound in a red Honda, the 18-year-old driver entered a closed section of the freeway where Caltrans workers were resurfacing lanes, striking a tractor-trailer at approximately 70 mph. The impact caused the Honda to rollover, ejecting some of the passengers. Paramedics transported the six vehicle occupants to local hospitals, one of them in critical condition. No workers were injured. After receiving treatment, the driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
“Unfortunately, teens are more prone to taking risks on the road than adults,” said California personal injury attorney James Ballidis, “which is one reason why motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for them.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents claimed the lives of eight teens aged 16 to 19 every day in 2009. The CDC found that teen drivers are four times more likely to crash than adults, with the greatest risk for male drivers and passengers aged 15 to 19. Alcohol consumption at any level increases this risk.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the teenage passengers who were injured in the drunk driving crash in the freeway construction area on Wednesday morning.
KTLA.com originally reported this Colton accident.
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