Car accidents happen every single day in California. While a driver is expected to take measures to prevent an accident — such as obeying posted speed limits — it is certainly expected — and legally required — that he or she will stop to render aid in the event an accident does occur. Unfortunately, a young man is now facing criminal charges following an accident that could also result in a wrongful death lawsuit.
The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in June. According to reports, the 50-year-old victim was riding a motorcycle in the southbound lanes of a California interstate. The man was reportedly struck from behind by a sedan driven by a 20-year-old male.
Police say that although the impact caused the sedan to overturn, the man fled the scene on foot before rescue workers could arrive. The motorcyclist died soon after en route to the hospital. Using evidence gathered at the scene, police say they were ultimately able to make an arrest at the man’s apartment. He now faces a charge of DUI gross vehicular manslaughter. He is currently being held on bond.
Unfortunately, a California family is now left coping with the news of the unexpected death of their loved one. In addition to their grief, many families often face serious financial complications as a result of funeral expenses and lost wages. To help manage these costs, some whose loss comes as a result of negligence choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the those deemed responsible. If successfully presented, they could receive a financial award to help them with the associated costs.