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Wrongful death: DUI suspected in fatal California crash

Even the best drivers can be involved in an accident. However, drivers who make reckless decisions, such as driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, could potentially increase their risk of causing a serious collision. In fact, a driver in California could face a wrongful death lawsuit after police say that he caused an accident that resulted in a fatality.

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. on a day in November. Reports claim that a 46-year-old driver was speeding as he approached an exit ramp. He allegedly veered right, causing his vehicle to strike a guard rail before veering left, re-entering the lanes of traffic and striking two vehicles.

The driver of one of those vehicles, a 19-year-old male, died at the scene of the accident. The other driver was able to walk away from the accident. The driver police say caused the accident suffered major but not life-threatening injuries and remains hospitalized. He is expected to be charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI.

When criminal charges are pursued against the driver believed to have caused a fatal accident, family members often feel a sense of justice. However, this will do little to help them cope with the financial consequences of an accident such as this. Often, families face complications as a result of lost wages and medical expenses. As such, many families in California choose to pursue recompense by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. If successfully presented, they could receive a monetary award that will help ensure the are able to cope with the financial ramifications of their loss.

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