It is not possible to completely eradicate the potential risk of being involved in a motor vehicle. However, certain actions, such as refusing to drink and drive can potentially reduce the chances. In fact, police in California claim that a recent fatal car accident was caused by a driver who was under the influence.
The accident happened on a day in July. According to reports, a 12-year-old girl was riding in the back seat of the family’s vehicle with her brother when the vehicle was struck. The driver of the second vehicle, according to police reports, was a 45-year-old woman. The girl died at the scene, and her brother was transported to the hospital by helicopter. Her father is listed in serious condition.
The woman allegedly left her vehicle before leaving the scene. Reports indicate that she was taken into custody after she attempted to steal shoes and a face mask from a Walmart. The woman is now facing multiple charges, including felony DUI, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony hit-and-run. She is said to have a previous DUI conviction.
A family is now dealing with a devastating loss, allegedly as a result of the actions of a driver who was under the influence. In addition to planning a funeral, surviving family members must also work on their own physical recovery. Unfortunately, medical bills, funeral expenses and lost wages can quickly become overwhelming. In a car accident caused by the negligence of someone else, victims may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit, or surviving family may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in the event of a fatal accident. If successfully presented, they can achieve a monetary award that will ensure that they are able to focus on their physical and mental recovery.