Multiple people were injured and one woman was killed after an accident on a California interstate. Authorities arrested the man they say caused the wreck and charged him with DUI, although it is not clear if he was one of the injured. These types of motor vehicle accidents are usually avoidable, which can make their outcome feel that much more tragic.
The accident happened around 1:30 a.m., when an alleged drunk driver was flying down the interstate at speeds above 100 mph. The 22-year-old driver first struck a vehicle that was going about 60 mph, which sparked a deadly chain reaction. In total, nine vehicles -- including the drunk drivers' -- were involved. One witness said the accident could have been much worse if it were not for a tow truck driver who had pulled over and attempted to alert oncoming drivers to the upcoming scene.
One of the vehicles that was hit was driven by a 24-year-old mother. She had unbuckled to reach back towards her child just before her car was hit and was killed. However, her 6-month-old son survived and was transported to a trauma center for treatment. In total, nine victims were hospitalized, including three children. After the wreck, the responsible driver was seen vomiting on the side of the highway in a state of near unconsciousness, in what may have been signs of intoxication.
Compensation for emotional trauma, physical pain and financial damages is often an important component of recovery from these types of motor vehicle accidents. However, some California victims may feel unsure of what steps they can take, especially if a negligent driver is already facing criminal charges. In general, victims can pursue personal injury claims regardless of whether the negligent party was arrested. This is also true for families who are seeking compensation on behalf of a lost loved one through a wrongful death claim.