Four young people killed in a tragic drunk driving accident

Posted on April 18, 2013 by

On behalf of The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Drunk driving is no laughing matter. In this country, one person dies in a drunk driving accident every 30 minutes. While drunk drivers in California may face criminal charges for their actions, they may also be held liable through a civil lawsuit.

Recently, two 16-year-old twin girls, along with their brother and his girlfriend were killed in a devastating drunk driving accident. The driver of the victims’ vehicle survived the car accident. It is possible that the twins as well as one of the other victims may not have been wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

According to police, a man traveling eastbound may have been driving drunk when he ran through a stop sign at an intersection. He then collided with the victims’ vehicle, which was traveling northbound. The man as well as the passenger in his car were sent to the hospital with severe injuries. The allegedly drunk driver remains in critical condition, and may be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The incident remains under police investigation.

When a person injured or killed in a drunk driving accident, they or their loved ones may sue the drunk driver in a court of of law. These lawsuits may fall under the theory of per se negligence. Negligence per se in a drunk driving accident means that if the driver’s blood-alcohol content is at or above .08 percent, the driver’s duty of care has been both established and breached. The victim then only needs to prove that the drunk driver’s actions caused the injuries they sustained.

The community deeply mourns the untimely deaths of these young people. While no amount of money can replace a lost loved one, the victim’s survivors may be able to obtain at least some financial compensation for their suffering through a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: The Fresno Bee, “Dinuba mourns suspected DUI crash that killed 4 young people — 3 from one family,” Eddie Jimenez, April 7, 2013

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