There is little doubt that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can result in horrific consequences. Every year the lives of thousands of people are negatively influenced by auto accidents caused by DUI drivers. A recent fatal accident in California once again highlighted the horror caused by driving under the influence.
The accident happened shortly after 4:30 p.m. on a recent Wednesday in September. According to reports, a 38-year-old male driver was speeding and then lost control of his car when the traffic ahead of him was at a standstill. His vehicle crashed into the back of a sedan. This accident led to five other vehicles colliding.
The 62-year-old driver of the sedan the alleged DUI driver crashed into died at the accident, as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash. Fortunately, the other people involved only suffered minor injuries, while some were lucky enough to escape injury. It is alleged that the driver who caused the accident was under the influence of an undisclosed substance, and he was subsequently arrested.
Irrespective of criminal charges being filed or the outcome of a possible criminal case, California civil law allows for the legal estate of the deceased to elect to file a wrongful death claim against the DUI driver. Successfully litigated civil claims typically provide for the reimbursement of any related financial losses. Monetary damages awarded from a successful claim could help the surviving families of deceased victims better cope with the unexpected expenses arising from auto accidents.
Source: world.einnews.com, "1 killed in suspected DUI crash involving multiple cars in Riverside", Leanne Suter, Sep. 20, 2017