Yolo County news reports that a Redwood City woman and teenager have been killed in a drunk driving car accident. According to reports, the two were killed when a truck they were riding in veered off the highway near Woodland and crashed into a tree. Initial investigations indicate that the truck had been traveling west when it left the roadway, overturned several times and crashed into a tree nearly 75 feet down an embankment. The two were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the truck suffered severe injuries and remains hospitalized. It is unknown the connection between the driver and the victims. He has been arrested for two counts of DUI causing injury or death and could face additional criminal charges.
Whenever a drunk driving accident occurs, in addition to criminal penalties, drivers may face civil charges as well. Injury victims and their families may file a personal injury lawsuit for negligence or wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit is similar to a personal injury claim, but is filed by the surviving family members such as a child, spouse or parent. If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident or lost a loved one pursuant to a DUI crash, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced Stockton personal injury lawyer right away.
Unfortunately despite significant attention paid to the dangers of drunk driving, driver intoxication remains one of the leading causes of California auto accidents. Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reports that one person dies every 30 minutes as the result of driver intoxication.
Victims of negligent drunk driving face significant expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, as well as physical and emotional pain and loss of enjoyment of life. Family members who lose loved ones may be torn apart without warning.
Typical injuries include head and neck injuries, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
While filing a lawsuit may the furthest thing from your mind if you have been injured or lost a loved one – it is very important to speak to a knowledgeable accident lawyer who can begin an investigation into just what happened and preserve your rights for the future. Because memories fade and as time passes, it may be more difficult to piece together what may have happened during any accident. Having an attorney represent you and take care to preserve evidence right away becomes crucial as time passes.
For more information or if you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident please contact the top Stockton accident lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.