A California man was killed in a recent accident. The driver accused of causing the wreck was also injured in the collision and will be released into police custody following treatment as he is facing multiple criminal charges. This could be important for the victim's family if they choose to pursue a wrongful death claim, which is not uncommon after these types of fatal motor vehicle accidents.
According to police, a 66-year-old man's truck had broken down on the shoulder of I-70. He had exited his vehicle and started to set out roadside warning devices so that he could safely work on his truck. At the time, police had already received several reports that a reckless driver was weaving in and out of lanes of traffic and driving all over the road.
Police were already trying to locate the 42-year-old reckless driver when he veered out of his lane, crossed the solid white line and struck the other man, who was standing on the shoulder of the road. He was pronounced dead while still at the scene of the accident. The driver accused of causing the accident was transported to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries and given a blood test, which allegedly showed that he was under the influence of some type of controlled substance at the time of the wreck.
An unexpected death in the family can be a traumatic experience. Loved ones are often left behind to deal with unexpected funeral costs, lost incomes and much more. These matters often impede the grieving process, which also creates a significant emotional burden. For these reasons, some California families choose to pursue wrongful death claims following fatal motor vehicle accidents. Although successfully achieving compensation will not undo the harm caused by a negligent driver, it can help a family address any lingering financial damages.