California man arrested after 3 killed in an automobile accident

Our Blog,wrongful death | January 19, 2014

Deadly car accidents can occur in an instant. However, their aftereffects may haunt survivors and family members for the rest of their lives. Recently, three people were killed in an automobile accident in southern California. A man has been taken into custody for allegedly causing the crash.

In addition to the fatalities, several more were injured in the accident, which occurred on a recent Friday on Interstate 805. The California Highway Patrol says that a man driving a sport utility vehicle on the Interstate failed to control his SUV while merging onto another roadway. Authorities believe that the SUV was speeding just prior to the event.

After losing control, the SUV flew up an embankment, smashed into a pillar and rolled multiple times until it came to a rest in traffic. A chain-reaction, three-vehicle accident ensued. Two men riding in the SUV were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Another SUV occupant was killed in the vehicle.

The SUV driver survived. He has since been arrested and charged with elevated counts of DUI due to the great bodily injury that was caused. He was also accused of gross vehicular manslaughter for each of the deaths. Fortunately, it is expected that the people riding in the other two cars will make full recoveries.

Considering that the driver of the SUV is suspected to have been drunk at the time of the accident, the victims of this accident and their family members will likely have the ability to pursue strong claims for monetary damages against the man. Their claims will be especially strong if the man is convicted of the criminal charges he now faces. Indeed, family members of anyone who is killed in an automobile accident in California have the opportunity to investigate the possibility of seeking justice through similar types of wrongful death claims.

Source: NBC San Diego, Driver Jailed, Charged in Deadly DUI Crash That Killed 3, Monica Garske, Jan. 14, 2014