A 37-year-old California man was arrested after he allegedly caused a drunk driving accident on Interstate 15 on a recent Tuesday evening. The fiery accident occurred shortly before midnight, and the road remained closed for more than nine hours. That man is now facing multiple charges that might include vehicular manslaughter or murder along with driving while under the influence, and he may also have to face claims of personal injury and wrongful death.
Reportedly, a witness said the suspected drunk driver was speeding while weaving across northbound traffic lanes on Interstate 15 just before striking the rear of another car. According to the California Highway Patrol, the impact caused the rear-ended car to spin before slamming into the median and landing in the fast lane. It came to a halt directly in the path of a member of the San Diego Police who was heading home. His SUV crashed into the car, causing it to burst into flames, while his vehicle rolled over.
Passers-by stopped and rushed to the aid of the occupants of the burning car. They only managed to pull out the front passenger who was an 18-year-old woman, and CHP says the male driver and a passenger in the rear seat could not be saved. The injuries of the young woman were reported to be major, and she was rushed to a hospital along with the officer who suffered moderate injuries.
Civil lawsuits typically follow in the aftermath of such a tragic drunk driving accident. Surviving family members of deceased victims of crashes caused by the negligence of others may pursue financial relief, as may any injured victims. An experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney can assist in the establishment of negligence and the ensuing legal proceedings. If the court determines liability, it might enter monetary judgments to cover documented financial losses along with emotional damages sustained.
Source: sandiegouniontribune.com, "2 killed, 2 hurt in suspected DUI crash on north I-15", Karen Kucher, Lyndsay Winkley, Jan. 3, 2018