People involved in motor vehicle accidents have a good reason to wonder how the influence of drugs or alcohol might play into it. The law treats serious accidents involving motor vehicles differently when someone drives under the influence. Additional compensation may be available as well.

The California Highway Patrol responded to a scene on Wednesday night where a serious collision occurred as the result of a man driving on the wrong side of the road on Interstate 8.

According to NBC San Diego, the driver was likely under the influence when the accident occurred.

Collision results in life-threatening injuries

Officers received a call just prior to midnight on Wednesday about a head-on collision between Le Mesa and El Cajon on the freeway. A 28-year-old man reportedly drove a grey Ford Expedition the wrong way. He drove the vehicle westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-8. This resulted in a head-on crash with a red BMW 650I.

The driver of the BMW, a 45-year-old man, and the 28-year-old both sustained life-threatening injuries. According to the California Highway Patrol, both men went to Sharp Memorial Hospital due to their injuries.

The collision also caused substantial damage to both vehicles and caused the eastbound lanes of I-8 to close into the early hours of Thursday. The California Highway Patrol also said that the 28-year-old was likely driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

For people who are involved in a serious motor vehicle injury, it may be a good idea to consult someone who can help explain what types of compensation could be available.