Drunk drivers wreak havoc on the roadways of California every single day. The traffic accidents caused by their negligence and impropriety sometimes cause the wrongful death of unsuspecting, law-abiding citizens. This is both a tragedy and an injustice and the family members of those killed by California drunk drivers have every right to seek aggressive legal action against the person responsible.
Recently, an alleged drunk driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter while being intoxicated after crashing into another vehicle and killing a 57-year-old woman. Another person who was injured in the accident was the driver of the car that the woman was in. The accident occurred at 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday.
The man who was charged in the accident was also injured and he was hospitalized to receive treatment for those injuries. Police allege that the man was driving at a speed of approximately 100 miles per hour when he collided head-on with the vehicle containing the other two victims. Although he has been charged with drunk driving there is no indication of whether a Breathalyzer test was performed or if officers subjected him to a field sobriety test following the accident.
When California residents are killed in a traffic accident caused by a drunk driver, numerous laws will support their family members in filing a wrongful death claim against the driver who was responsible. A wrongful death claim is a way for family members to seek monetary compensation for the loss of their loved one. No amount of money or property value replacement can ever approach the loss of a human life, but such a recovery can help family members feel a sense of closure while covering any medical bills or funeral costs arising from the accident.
Source: Source: contracostatimes.com, "San Leandro: Man charged with manslaughter for fatal car crash," Aug. 2, 2013