A fatal accident resulting in the loss of a loved one takes a toll on the family of the victim. Unlike a death caused by a serious illness, families do not have time to prepare themselves and say their goodbyes when a family member dies suddenly in an accident. It only adds to the tragedy when the accident is caused by a driver who might have been intoxicated.
The recent death of two men in a fatal car crash is somewhat unusual because they were riding in a golf cart when they were struck by a motorist who police charged with driving under the influence. Also killed in the fatal car crash were two dogs riding in the golf cart with the victims.
Families of fatal car crash victims may be entitled to damages if the accident was caused by the negligence of another person. According to the police, the driver of the car that crashed into the golf cart may have been speeding at the time of the fatal accident. Failing to maintain control over a motor vehicle, operating in violation of traffic laws and failing to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles using the roads could be interpreted as acts of negligence by a judge or jury.
If the families of the victims are successful in pursuing a claim for damages against the negligent driver, they might recover compensation for pain and suffering, loss of companionship, funeral expenses and other damages allowed by California law. An Orange County personal injury attorney might be of assistance to family members in pursuing a wrongful death claim.
Source: KESQ, “Coroner I.D’s 2nd victim in golf cart crash as driver appears in court to face charges,” Patrick Edgell and Joe Galli, Nov. 20, 2015