Car accidents can happen for a variety of different reasons, such as lack of visibility or even a single moment of distraction. Because of this potential, drivers in California and across the country must take measures to ensure that they are vigilant at all times. Unfortunately, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol reduces a driver’s ability to do so. In fact, a driver may now face a wrongful death claim after he allegedly caused a fatal accident while under the influence of alcohol.
The accident happened during the evening hours of a day in mid-October. According to police, a 21-year-old male was driving drunk when he was unable to navigate a sharp left turn. As a result, his vehicle exited the road and struck a tree.
A 15-year-old passenger in the front seat died upon impact. The driver was flown to the hospital for treatment of major injuries while a second passenger, riding in the backseat, suffered moderate injuries. The driver of the vehicle was arrested at the hospital; he faces charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI.
Now a family is left to cope with the unexpected — and likely preventable — death of their young family member. While dealing with this, they must also manage the financial consequences of their loss, including funeral expenses. Families in California who have faced a similar loss due to the negligence of someone else have chosen to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party deemed responsible. An experienced personal injury attorney can help grieving families fully understand their options and take appropriate action.