When driving late at night with a car full of friends, there could be multiple things that could distract drivers — especially those who are relatively inexperienced. When alcohol is thrown into the mix, the chance of tragic car accidents may be even higher. Unfortunately, police in California believe that alcohol was a factor in a recent crash that left two people dead.
The incident happened at approximately 4 a.m. on a day in August. According to reports, a car left the roadway before going off an overpass, falling approximately 150 feet. Two male 18-year-olds died at the scene of the accident. The three other occupants of the vehicle — including the 18-year-old girl operating the vehicle — suffered major injuries and were transported to the hospital.
Officials with the California Highway Patrol claim that the incident could have been easily prevented and that alcohol was involved. Though a family member claims there is no evidence to support the allegations that the driver was under the influence, CHP officials argue that there is, in fact, evidence. The teenager now faces multiple charges.
Unfortunately, two families are now left grieving the unexpected loss of their loved ones while the injured victims may face a lengthy recovery. Often, car accidents create a complicated financial situation in addition to grief and physical pain. While this incident in California likely remains under investigation, the victims — including the surviving family members of the deceased occupants of the vehicle — may be considering their legal options, potentially including filing a civil lawsuit against the driver and record owner/s of the car she was operating. If successfully presented, they could receive a financial award, ensuring that they are able to cope with the financial consequences of the incident.