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Alleged drunk driving case in California possible wrongful death

The vast majority of drivers in California are likely aware of the potential consequences of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Despite this knowledge, some continue to engage in the risky behavior, putting their lives and well as the lives of those in the car with them at risk. Police suspect that the driver in a recent crash, that could potentially lead to a wrongful death claim, was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

The incident happened in the early morning hours of a day in May. California police claim that a vehicle veered off the roadway before it struck a utility pole. When emergency responders arrived at the scene, they discovered two passengers in the vehicle. A 31-year-old man died at the scene while the second passenger, a 24-year-old man, experienced a broken leg.

Police claim that the driver left the scene. However, they discovered a man several blocks of from the scene of the crash who a witness was able to identify as the driver. Even though police believe that he fled the scene, the man reportedly suffered serious injuries in the crash. He now faces multiple charges, including vehicular manslaughter.

Unfortunately, the decision to drive under the influence has left many families in California grieving the unexpected loss of a loved one. In addition to coping with the emotional impact of such a loss, they must also face the financial consequences, including funeral expenses and loss of wages. To help with this -- as well as to help ensure a negligent driver is held accountable -- many who have lost a loved one at the hands of a drunk driver filed a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney with experience with such cases can help families fully understand their options and take appropriate action.

Source:, "Passenger is killed in Long Beach crash; driver suspected of DUI", May 21. 2017

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