Everyone in California who has earned a driver’s licence knows that with that licence comes a great deal of responsibility. Drivers must ensure they are doing everything possible to maintain a safe environment for themselves, their passengers and everyone else on the road with them. Of course, drivers should know all the rules of the road and make sure they keep their vehicle in good working condition. However, they also need to check that they themselves are fit to safely operate a large piece of machinery, including making sure they are well rested and avoiding alcohol and drugs prior to driving. Unfortunately, some drivers who do not take this responsibility seriously end up causing a tragedy, as happened recently in San Bernardino.
The horrific crash happened late on a Friday evening when, according to police, a driver ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. The driver of the other car, a 31-year-old man, was killed. He had four children in the car with him, and all were seriously injured in the crash. It seems the children were all taken to a hospital. Sadly, later that day, two children — ages 2 and 4 — died from their injuries.
Reportedly, one of the other children suffered severe injuries, and the other’s injuries are moderate. Police have said alcohol and speed were factors in the collision, and the 23-year-old driver of the vehicle that caused the crash has since been arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter. He is now in jail on $250,000 bail.
Certainly, most people do not like to hear about motor vehicle accidents of any sort, especially those involving serious injury and/or death, and when the victims include children, many people find the outcome very difficult to process. California families who have suffered a sudden loss and victims who have suffered serious injuries due to this type of accident often choose to file a civil lawsuit to help them with unexpected costs they may now face and to hold the person responsible accountable. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can answer questions and provide valuable guidance.