Intoxicated Driver Suspected In Fatal California Freeway Crash
A 30-year-old man from Menifee was arrested by the California Highway Patrol after a fatal car accident on the 91 Freeway in Corona near Green River Road. At about 4 a.m. the car he was driving hit the rear end of a Honda with two passengers.
According to a California Highway Patrol report the Honda was stopped because of another accident. A fire erupted when it was hit from behind. The driver escaped with serious injuries and needed to be taken to UC Irvine. A female passenger remained trapped in the Honda and died at the scene. The coroner for Riverside County did not immediately release the name of the victim.
Authorities allege that the driver of the vehicle that struck the Honda was under the influence. His injuries were minor, and the crash investigation continues.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is often linked to car accidents. Injuries are sometimes severe and can include brain trauma and spinal injuries. Extreme cases may result in deaths. Drunk drivers typically face criminal charges, but victims and survivors also may have the option of making a personal injury civil lawsuit. These suits seek to gain compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Punitive damages might also be applied if evidence shows that intoxication was present at the time of the accident. Intoxicated driving may be a clear sign of driver negligence, and negligence is an important factor for a personal injury claim. Victims often seek the help of attorney when they explore the potential of a lawsuit. An attorney may be able to help victims know what types of compensation they have a right to depending on the situation.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Driver arrested on suspicion of DUI after fiery crash leaves 1 dead," Emily Reyes, Jan. 18, 2015