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4 injured in a California off-roading accident

On Aug. 2, four people were seriously hurt in a suspected drunk driving accident just north of Santee Lakes. The crash took place around 7:30 p.m.

According to authorities, a man was driving a Ford Explorer with three male passengers in a restricted area when the vehicle drove over a steep embankment near Summit Avenue and Summit Crest Drive. The SUV reportedly rolled over multiple times, injuring all four men and a dog that was riding with them.

A rescue helicopter made three separate trips to transport three of the victims to Woodglen Vista Park. They were then taken to area hospitals by ambulance. A fourth victim was airlifted directly to Sharp Memorial Hospital with critical injuries. Authorities turned over the dog to family members of the victims.

San Diego Sheriff's Department officials said the driver of the Ford has been charged with felony DUI. The crash remains under investigation.

SUV rollovers such as this one can cause severe injuries, such as spinal cord and brain injuries, that require weeks or months of recovery time. In some cases, a victim is even left with a permanent disability. When car accidents are caused by a negligent party, such as a drunk driver, an injured victim may benefit by consulting with an attorney.

By using police reports, accident investigation results and witness testimony, it may be possible to file a civil personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver seeking compensation for damages. If the suit is successful, a victim could be awarded a settlement that covers current and future medical expenses, wages lost during recovery, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.

Source: NBC San Diego, "Four Seriously Injured in Off-Roading Crash Near Santee Lakes, Driver Arrested on Suspicion of DUI," Samantha Tatro and Omari Fleming, Aug. 2, 2015

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