There are many drivers on California roadways who make attempts to ensure that their actions do not endanger themselves and those around them. Unfortunately, even safe drivers often find themselves unable to effectively respond when others do not take similar precautions. In fact, a woman was recently arrested after police claim she caused a fatal accident.
The crash happened during the early morning hours of a day in late March. According to reports, a 21-year-old driver was headed south on a California roadway when her vehicle struck the rear of a southbound Lyft vehicle with three occupants. Police say that her blood alcohol content was significantly over the legal limit at the time of the collision.
One of the passengers in the Lyft vehicle, a 40-year-old man, died at the scene. A second passenger suffered a traumatic brain injury while the Lyft driver was also hospitalized. The driver of the other vehicle was taken into custody following her release form the hospital. She now faces accusations of DUI causing injury and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
Family members of the deceased man say that he was in the area for vacation. Unfortunately, what should have been a happy time of making memories turned into a tragedy, potentially leaving his surviving family members suffering both emotionally and financially. To help with the latter, his family may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the woman police say caused the fatal accident. If successful, a financial award can ensure the family has the ability to cope with the lost wages and funeral expenses, among other financial burdens, related to their loss. Likewise, the other injured victims in the Lyft vehicle may choose to pursue recompense in a civil court.