Several safety agencies recently responded to a multi-vehicle crash in Riverside County. According to the California Highway Patrol, this was one of those car accidents that resulted from the actions of one driver who is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. Some surrounding roads were closed for three to four hours while investigations were underway.
Reportedly, a 38-year-old Moreno Valley man was traveling east on Alessandro Boulevard without noticing that traffic had come to a halt. The high speed at which he was apparently traveling caused him to lose control. His vehicle smashed into another car, killing the 62-year-old driver.
This driver -- a man from Temecula -- was pronounced dead shortly after 4:33 p.m. The initial crash sparked multiple additional collisions, ultimately involving seven vehicles altogether. Authorities said only one other person suffered injuries, and those were reported to be minor. The out-of-control driver was arrested after the collision, and he is now facing charges of suspected DUI.
Surviving family members of deceased victims of car accidents in California may seek recovery of damages. A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed in a civil court. However, before the court will consider awarding a monetary judgment, the plaintiffs will have to establish negligence on the part of another individual. The assistance of an attorney who is experienced in dealing with personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits can be utilized in this process. After the successful presentation of the claim, the court may consider all the documented claims for financial losses such as end-of-life expenses and emotional damages that were brought about by the crash.
Source: pe.com, "DUI, speeding suspected in fatal crash near Riverside, CHP says", Gail Wesson, Sept. 20, 2017