Many drivers still fail to realize that alcohol and motor vehicles do not mix. Alcohol affects judgment and can diminish a person’s diving skill immensely. An example of this was a woman who caused a five-car crash in Las Vegas on Aug. 15.
The 37-year-old woman was traveling westbound on Desert Inn Road, when she turned into the path of traffic that was going eastbound. She hit three oncoming vehicles, two cars and a minivan, before her car came to a stop. Another vehicle then hit the minivan.
The car accident injured nine people in all, ranging in age from 15-57-years-old. Some suffered minor injuries, while other injuries were critical in nature. The driver of the minivan, a 33-year-old woman, suffered broken legs that required surgery. The others were taken to area hospitals to be treated.
The woman who caused the accident said that she was driving home after drinking several alcoholic beverages. She had no recollection of how the accident happened or even what street she was on. Police have charged her with driving under the influence.
Although it is unfortunate that multiple vehicles and victims were involved in the accident, the results could have been much worse. Car accidents, particularly those that involve alcohol, can cause serious injury or even death.
If the woman is charged with drunk driving, she may face enhanced penalties due to the seriousness of the injuries she caused. If her blood alcohol content was extremely high or if she has a record of drunk driving, those will may be used against her as well.
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