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Alcohol suspected in fatal California car accident

The potential consequences of drinking and driving are well-publicized. Despite this, people in California and across the country continue to risk people's lives and well-being by getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. In fact, a recent car accident resulted in the death of a driver in addition to forcing two others to seek hospital treatment.

The accident reportedly happened on a California freeway around 10 p.m. on a day in January. According to reports, the drivers of a sedan, van and a sports car came to a stop as a result of traffic. The California Highway Patrol reports that the 42-year-old male driver of a pickup truck failed to stop, slamming into the back of the sports car.

The collision resulted in a chain reaction that ultimately involved the van and sedan as well. Unfortunately, the sports car reportedly caught fire, and that fire spread to the van. The driver of the former was trapped and died as a result of his injuries; though the van driver was able to escape, he suffered severe burns. The truck driver was reportedly taken into custody after he fled the scene; he was treated for minor injuries at the hospital.

The truck driver was arrested following the car accident, suspected of hit-and-run and driving under the influence. Unfortunately, his alleged victims -- including the surviving family members of the deceased man -- must now face the consequences of the accident. This includes medical bills, lost wages and funeral costs in addition to their emotional reaction to their loss or physical injuries. While a successfully presented personal injury lawsuit will likely do little to help them cope with the emotional fallout of the incident, it could result in a financial award that will ensure they are able to meet their financial responsibilities.

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