Most people in California accept that they could potentially be involved in a car accident while on the roadways. As such, they often take certain measures to protect themselves. Despite these measures, they may be unable to avoid the unexpected and negligent actions of others who may not be as cautious. For example, a driver under the influence of alcohol could behave unpredictably, causing an accident with serious ramifications. In fact, a wrongful death lawsuit could potentially follow a recent crash that resulted in three fatalities.
The incident happened just before 7:30 p.m. on a day in October. According to reports, the three victims were traveling on Highway 99. Their vehicle was reportedly struck by a car driven by a 23-year-old woman.
The driver and front seat passenger of the first vehicle died at the scene of the accident. The third passed away after she was transported to the accident. The other driver is also said to have suffered major injuries. She was arrested after law enforcement officials determined that she was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.
The families of the deceased victims, ages 45, 67 and 75, are likely still reeling from the news of their unexpected and preventable deaths. In the meantime, they must also plan their funerals. Often, such a loss also places families in a precarious financial situation while they cope with medical bills, funeral expenses and lost wages. As such, they may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit in a California civil court. While a successfully presented lawsuit will likely do little to reduce their grief, it could ensure that they are able to meet their financial obligations during a period of mourning.