The roads around here are dangerous enough without introducing alcohol. When alcohol is involved, the severity of the accident often increases. Unfortunately, one local man has lost his life due to a suspected DUI driver.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the motor vehicle accident occurred before noon on Monday along Elkhorn Boulevard near East Levee Road. The suspected DUI driver tried to pass another driver on the two-lane, two-way road. Unfortunately, as the driver was trying to overtake the other vehicle, he collided head-on with a van traveling in the opposite direction. This cause the vehicle to collide with the vehicle they were trying to pass, in addition to impacting another truck behind the van.
First responders arrived soon after, but the 50-year-old van driver was pronounced dead. The suspected DUI driver was taken to Mercy San Juan Medical Center and is being treated for injuries.
After treatment was completed, he was arrested and booked into Sacramento County Jail. He now faces many charges, including DUI causing death and gross vehicular manslaughter.
After the accident
While the justice system will enact criminal justice, everyone injured in this multi-vehicle crash, included the deceased van driver’s family can likely sue the suspected DUI driver to get civil justice. And, since he was arrested for causing these accidents and for DUI, negligence can likely be proven relatively easy.
This means that the surviving victims can recoup their costs, damages, and pain and suffering through a personal injury lawsuit. The deceased van driver’s family can also likely sue for wrongful death, which will recoup the cost of any medical care their family member received, the property damage incurred, loss of income, and many other damages.
The key though is contacting an attorney quickly to get the ball rolling. These types of lawsuits have strict filing timelines, and missing them can mean not being able to sue.