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Wrongful death: California accident leads to multiple charges


Most people are aware that a car accident can happen at any moment for a variety of reasons. However, even accidents that are the result of another’s negligence and poor decisions are typically not intentional. Unfortunately, police in California believe that a woman — who could potentially face a wrongful death lawsuit — purposefully caused an accident that left a father dead.

The incident happened as the 29-year-old victim, a medical student, was driving to an interview in California. Unfortunately, he is said to have crossed paths with a 28-year-old woman who police say wanted to kill herself. She allegedly drove into oncoming traffic in order to cause an accident.

Although three vehicles were able to swerve and avoid a collision, the now-deceased victim was not. The woman reportedly suffered a broken leg in the accident and was arrested upon her release from the hospital. She faces multiple charges, including second degree murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism.

The man killed in the accident leaves behind two young children and a wife who was pregnant. Most families in California and other areas of the country are unprepared for the unexpected death of a loved one. To ensure that his surviving family members are able to cope with the financial consequences of their loss, they may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the woman police say caused the accident. If claims of negligence can be proved, they could receive an award of damages that help them with the financial fallout of their loss, allowing them to focus on their emotional recovery.

Source: CBS News, “California woman charged with killing driver in suicide attempt“, Feb. 2, 2018