Although drinking alcohol in moderation is socially acceptable in certain environments, it is never acceptable or safe for an individual to drink alcohol and get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Impaired judgment can put both the driver’s and others’ lives at risk when an intoxicated person decides to drive, as that impaired judgment can easily lead to an accident. These accidents can often injure or even kill those involved. Unfortunately, one pedestrian accident in California may have been caused by drunk driving.
The accident occurred on September 6 and involved one vehicle and four pedestrians. Initial investigations showed police that the four pedestrians were a grandmother, a mother and her two children. The driver of the vehicle struck three of them while they were on a walk around the family’s neighborhood.
After striking the grandmother, mother and one child, the driver crashed the car into a house. Emergency personnel arrived and pronounced the three victims deceased. The accident is still under investigation by California police, and it is suspected that the driver was under the influence.
Regardless of whether the driver is charged for his involvement in the pedestrian accident, the family of the deceased victims may have the right to seek monetary compensation for the loss of life. Compensation could be used by the family to pay for any final expenses of the victims. This could allow the family to focus on coming to terms with their tragic loss and returning to their routines instead of stressing about new bills.