Although alcohol will probably forever remain a part of society, it has no place on the roads. When California families lose loved ones as a result of the negligence of an intoxicated driver, the shock and trauma can be devastating. When a police representative states that the tragic accident could have been prevented, the family’s distress may escalate considerably and this may lead to claims of wrongful death.

A female driver, age 21, was taken to a hospital in serious condition after allegedly causing the deaths of half a dozen people. At the time of the report, details were still very sketchy and an investigation was underway. Blood tests were requested, as evidence obtained in the woman’s car made investigators identify alcohol as a contributing factor.

Initial information available indicated that the female was travelling in the wrong direction on State Route 60 when she was in a head-on collision with another vehicle. More vehicles were involved after the initial crash. A highway patrol officer reported that there were four fatalities at the accident scene, while two other victims died at a nearby hospital.

When a California family loses a loved one in a car accident, the financial implications can be devastating. Medical and funeral expenses are typically exorbitant, and the family may also have to face the loss of income provided by the deceased. If an investigation can provide evidence that the responsible driver was intoxicated and is deemed liable for the accident, the family of the deceased may have the right to file a wrongful death claim in court. After successful litigation, the court may award restitution to assist the family in coping with the financial consequences and possibly in getting closure after the tragic accident.

Source:, DWI suspected in crash that killed 6, No author, Feb. 10, 2014