Because of the potential consequences of drinking and driving, significant effort is made to educate the general public. Despite these efforts, however, people in California and across the country continue to put lives at risk by getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, police say that a recent crash further illustrates the dangers of such behavior. Although an arrest has been made, a wrongful death lawsuit could also follow.
The crash happened on an evening in October. According to reports, a vehicle driven by a 20-year-old female crossed into oncoming traffic. As a result, it collided with a car. The first vehicle continued on before striking a second vehicle. One witness claims that one of the vehicles was hauling chickens, and the accident scattered them across the highway.
A 20-year-old female passenger in the first vehicle passed away as a result of injuries suffered. Unfortunately, four other people, including a toddler, were injured in the collision. The driver of the first vehicle has since been arrested, suspected of driving under the influence.
While the criminal justice system will work to hold the woman accountable for any crimes they suspect she may have committed, the deceased woman’s family may also choose to pursue justice in a civil court. Because the costs associated with the unexpected loss of a family member are often overwhelming, many people in California choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A successfully presented case can result in an award of damages that will help the deceased woman’s grieving family cope with funeral expenses and other costs associated with her death.
Source: vcstar.com, “Victim of fatal Fillmore collision identified; one arrested for DUI“, Christian Martinez, Oct. 17, 2017