Even when traffic is down, the roadways in California are still considered a dangerous place. While automobiles are very resourceful and aid residents with getting from one place to another, the reality is that each time you get behind the wheel of a vehicle, you are faced with risks. It does not matter how safe and cautious you are as a driver when some motorists fail to drive safely. Distractions, recklessness and intoxication occur on a daily basis, and when you encounter such conduct, a serious accident could ensue.
No one is ever prepared to deal with the aftermath of a car accident, and that certainly goes for those that have lost a loved one in a crash because a motorist decided to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Take for example a recent crash that occurred in Garden Grove. In the collision, three vehicles were involved, and police believe that the 27-year-old motorist at fault was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.
Authorities reported that the crash occurred at the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Euclid Street at around 1:30 p.m. A chain reaction crash began when a vehicle rear-ended another vehicle that was already stopped at a red light. This caused the struck vehicle to hit a third vehicle. According to emergency crews, the 59-year-old woman in the second vehicle was found in her vehicle unconscious and not breathing. She was transported to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
The two occupants in the third vehicle did not suffer injuries, and the driver of the first vehicle suffered undisclosed injuries that required medical attention. The man was arrested for the suspicion of driving under the influence. It was not clear how fast he was traveling at the time of the crash; however, the injuries he suffered were so severe that he had to be released from police custody and into the care of the hospital for medical treatment.
The loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another is a very difficult event to process. Nothing can be done to bring that person back; however, surviving family members do have rights when it comes to recovering financial losses incurred because of the fatal crash. A wrongful death suit could help with compensation and addressing medical bills, loss of companionship, lost wages, funeral expenses and other related damages.