Car accidents in California are a regular occurrence, and fatal accidents are far too common. Though sometimes the victim is at fault, oftentimes another driver is to blame, whether from reckless driving, drunk driving or another cause. When there is a fatal car crash caused by another person, the victim’s family is often left wondering what they can do to be compensated for their loss. Many families choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a driver who was at fault.
Unfortunately, a family driving through Anaheim recently may have to decide whether or not to file a cause of action against a drunk driver. The family of five — a mother, father and three children — were near an intersection in their silver Toyota Camry when the driver of a black pickup truck rear-ended their vehicle, pushing it into the intersection. It was there that the Camry was struck by another car, a Honda Civic carrying two people who were also injured as a result of the crash. A 10-year-old boy in the Camry died as a result of the crash, and the driver of the pickup truck was arrested for felony DUI, with additional charges possibly pending.
Rear-end collisions are extremely common, and the driver of a vehicle that is hit from behind is almost never at fault. It was clearly not the driver of the Camry who was at fault in this recent fatal accident in Anaheim — not only because the car was rear-ended, but also because the driver of the pickup truck was allegedly drunk. The families of victims of fatal accidents are left behind to suffer emotionally and financially. By filing a wrongful death action, these families can often obtain compensation for their pain and suffering, loss of companionship, lost wages, and medical and funeral costs.
Those who are suffering from the loss of a loved one due to a negligent driver may want to look into filing a wrongful death suit. An attorney can assist with the filing process, in an effort to hold the negligent driver accountable and to maximize monetary damages to help compensate for one’s loss.
Source: NBC Los Angeles, “Suspected Drunk Driver in Crash That Killed Boy in Anaheim ID’d,” Jane Yamamoto and Andrew Lopez, Oct. 20, 2014