DUI Crashes and Wrongful Death in Whittier CA

Impaired driving accidents claim around 10,000 lives a year in the U.S., and 10% of those occur in California. Even small towns like Whittier have seen the devastation that driving drunk can cause. Every car accident fatality or serious injury is tough on the victims and their families, however, when the at-fault driver was impaired, the victims suffer additional pain and anguish.

Passenger of DUI Driver Killed in Single-Car Crash

On Sunday, December 6, 2019, in Whittier, a 23-year-old female passenger died after the car she was riding in left the road and slammed into a tree. The accident happened in the southbound lane of Colima Road just north of Mar Vista Street. The woman was rushed to the hospital where she later died. The driver was injured but is expected to live.

Whittier police said that they believe the car was traveling well above the 45 mph speed limit for the road, and they arrested the driver and charged him with driving under the influence. It’s likely that more charges will follow.

DUI Wrongful Death

When a DUI ends in a fatality, the surviving family can claim damages based on a wrongful death claim. In California, those who can file a wrongful death claim are the immediate family members of the deceased including anyone who lived in the same household or was dependent on the deceased.

The damages that can be claimed are based on the relationship each member had with the victim. For example, if the deceased left behind a spouse and two kids, then the spouse could claim their losses based on being married to the victim and get compensation for things like loss of income, loss of companionship and consortium. Children can claim losses like loss of support and guidance.

Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim

Each victim can seek their own claims against the at-fault driver of the vehicle so long as it is determined that he or she was negligent. Some of the most common damages sought in a wrongful death claim are:

  • Medical bills before death
  • Loss of income
  • Psychological pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship and guidance
  • Loss of Consortium and companionship
  • Funeral and burial costs

These are just a few, and an experienced attorney will know what each member of the family is entitled to.

Contact an Auto Accident Attorney

The best thing to do when injured in an automobile accident is to talk to s Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney who understands the law and has experience getting injured victims the compensation they deserve.

Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.

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