On a recent Friday in San Diego, a motor vehicle accident took place. Preliminary investigations at the time showed that several factors contributed to the crash. The collision involved only one vehicle, which was carrying several passengers at the time.
A 20-year-old man was behind the wheel of the car when it crashed into a lamp post just before midnight. Police noted the vehicle had been moving at a high rate of speed. The driver reportedly had a blood alcohol content level of .15. The legal BAC limit for drivers under the age of 21 in California is just .01
Young woman killed
A 26-year-old woman was one of the passengers in the vehicle. Sadly, the force of the impact caused her to suffer fatal injuries. Investigators said that she was a young mother from Riverside County. At last report, the driver was being held in county jail with bail set at $1 million; he pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and DUI.
When children lose a parent because of driver negligence
This collision is one of many in California that have resulted in fatality of a parent of young children. The emotional trauma a family suffers upon learning that a mother or father has died in a motor vehicle accident is intense and long-lasting, especially when young children are involved. In a case where investigators have determined that a collision was preventable were it not for driver negligence or reckless behavior at the wheel, a spouse or other immediate family member of a deceased victim may seek justice by filing a wrongful death claim in a civil court against the person deemed responsible for the incident.