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Fatal auto accidents are such a waste of life

Despite all the media messages and awareness campaigns, drunk driving remains a reality on California roads. Fatal auto accidents seem such an unnecessary waste of a life, but when an accident was caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or other stupefying substances, it seems even more futile.  A family in California had to face the reality of a loved one never coming home again after a recent fatal accident.

According to reports, the accident happened in a remote area at approximately 1:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday in March. An SUV driven by a deputy employed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office was struck by another vehicle. The two vehicles collided on the two drivers' sides, and the deputy was trapped in his car.

While the deputy was not seriously injured, she had to be hospitalized. Unfortunately, the occupants of the second vehicle were not as lucky. The alleged DUI driver died at the accident scene, while his passenger had to be rushed to the hospital. His condition is considered serious.

Officers indicated that the smell of alcohol was clearly evident as they neared the vehicle. It has been established that the passenger was drinking, but a blood report will verify if the driver was also drinking. Investigators did determine that the driver did not pullover immediately after hitting the SUV.

California law allows for seriously injured victims of auto accidents to institute personal injury claims against allegedly negligent or reckless drivers. Even though the DUI driver died in this tragic crash, the seriously injured passenger has the choice to file a personal injury claim against the estate of the deceased driver. Upon proof of driver negligence -- by drunk driving, distraction or otherwise -- a court may award financial damages to the seriously injured passenger.     

Source: CBS Los Angeles, "Deputy Hurt In Fatal Crash In Lancaster Involving Suspected DUI Driver", March 11, 2018

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