While everything possible is done to deter people from driving while under the influence, there always seem to be those who still believe nothing will go wrong. A tragic accident on a recent Friday night clearly illustrates the horrific consequences of DUI car accidents. The accident led to the death of four innocent people, while another was seriously injured.
According to police reports, the accident happened shortly after 12:30 p.m. on a recent Friday evening. It is reported that a mother, grandmother and two children were forced to stop on a California freeway because their car was overheating. A pick-up driver decided to stop and provide assistance to the two ladies.
The two women and the gentleman got out of their respective vehicles. They were standing between the two vehicles, looking at the car's engine, when a third vehicle, a white truck, struck the ladies' sedan from the back. The impact of the crash was so severe that the sedan's back seat was slammed against the front seat. Both the 12-year-old boys who were sitting in the back of the sedan were killed
The pick-up truck driven by the Good Samaritan was struck with so much force it was hurled across the freeway. Both the grandmother and the gentleman were also killed when the sedan struck the pickup truck. The mother of the children suffered serious injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. The driver of the white truck was taken to the same hospital.
It is believed that the truck driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. While the alleged DUI driver may be charged criminally, the families of the deceased and injured victims may choose to file civil claims against the reckless driver. California law allows for seriously injured victims or the families of deceased victims of car accidents to file personal injury and/or wrongful death claims in order to recoup monetary damages arising from the accidents. Damages awarded may assist the family of the deceased to better cope with the unexpected expenses, such as funeral and burial costs.
Source: abc7.com, "Fontana collision that killed 4 on 10 Fwy being investigated as DUI", Leticia Juarez and Leanne Suter, Aug. 4, 2017