California drivers may realize that driving under the influence is a dangerous action that can cause serious and sometimes deadly consequences. On April 25, a driver suspected of driving under the influence was involved in a wrong-way driving collision just south of Yuba City. Highway 113 near Schlagle Road was the scene of this fatal weekend crash in which one of the vehicles involved caught fire.
A 38-year-old male driver was travelling northbound on the highway when his vehicle began to veer. He was able to react, but his actions caused him to overcorrect his vehicle, and he then swerved into oncoming southbound traffic. A 1991 Honda Accord that was carrying three individuals was struck head-on, causing it to flip over and subsequently catch fire while the passengers were still inside.
All three individuals that were travelling in the Honda were killed. The 38-year-old driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries from the crash, and it is believed that he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the accident occurred. He was placed under arrest and charged with felony DUI and manslaughter.
If an accident caused by another driver has caused the death of a loved one, seeking the professional guidance of an attorney may be beneficial for family members who are faced with financial and emotional implications of a sudden loss. An attorney may be able to review with the family members the possible damages that may be sought, including funeral and medical expenses and loss of financial support that their loved one was anticipated to bring to the household.