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Wrongful death: California toddler killed in DUI accident


Most parents in California often go to great lengths to protect their children. They ensure that they purchase all the safest equipment and that younger children are properly secured in their car seat while driving. Unfortunately, even these measures can not totally negate the negligent actions of others. A family may now be wondering about their options — potentially including filing a wrongful death lawsuit — after a fatal accident.

The accident happened at approximately 1 a.m. on a morning in late January. According to reports, the driver of the vehicle containing the toddler pulled onto a California highway. Unfortunately, soon after a vehicle driven by a 50-year-old man slammed into the back of it.

Although the accident involved a rear strike, the three adults in the vehicle were injured. The toddler died. Police are unsure why the second driver failed to slow in response to the vehicle, speculating that it may have been due to his impairment. He suffered serious injuries in the collision and faces a charge of felony DUI upon his recovery.

The loss of a child is the worst thing most parents can imagine. Unfortunately, in the difficult time following a loss, many parents also find themselves struggling financially due to funeral costs and other expenses. Fortunately, victims in California have the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. If negligence can be proved, they could receive a financial award that will ensure they are able to focus on their emotional recovery. A personal injury attorney with experience with such cases can help these victims fully understand their options as well as fight on their behalf.

Source:, “Toddler identified who was killed after DUI crash in Lemoore“, Vanessa Vasconcelos, Jan. 22, 2018