Losing a family member is an experience that no one wants to face, especially when a loved one is lost through the negligence of someone else. These days on California roadways, drivers are faced with many dangers and threats. The most serious of these threats involve drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, alcohol is often a factor in many fatal car accidents. Recently, a head-on car accident involving alcohol claimed the life of a 61-year-old California woman.
According to authorities, the victim’s automobile was hit head-on by a vehicle whose driver was attempting to make an unsafe left turn. The errant left turn placed the vehicle directly in the victim’s path, causing the accident. The victim had to be extracted from her vehicle and was rushed to a local hospital. She later died from injuries suffered in the crash.
The driver of the other vehicle reportedly fled the scene on foot. However, the driver was later caught and arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Charges are pending.
In addition to the criminal charges the driver is facing, she could also end up facing a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court. Anytime a California resident loses a loved one to an act of negligence in a car accident, he or she has a right to pursue claims for damages, including pain and suffering. A successful lawsuit could give just compensation to the victim’s family that can be used to cover funeral, burial and other monetary losses.
Source: keyt.com, “CHP confirms fatality in head-on collision, one driver suspected of DUI“, Oct. 13, 2016