When children lose a parent in a tragic accident, they are likely to feel that loss for many years to come, even if they are very young at the time of the accident. However, to lose both parents in a senseless and preventable crash can have untold consequences. If the children are fortunate to have family members take them in, their future may still be uncertain. Those who have legal guardianship may look for ways to seek justice and improve the chances that the children will have opportunities for success as they grow.
Those in California may know of the heartbreaking car crash that took the lives of the parents of three small children, ages 1, 4 and 5. The children also suffered serious injuries in the crash. The accident occurred when a drunk driving repeat offender with a blood alcohol concentration of .20 plowed into the family vehicle. Witnesses say the woman then tried to flee on foot from the accident.
According to police investigation, just prior to the crash, the 22-year-old had been drinking heavily at a local brewery. Because she was apparently impaired, someone drove the woman home and dropped her off. However, the woman allegedly got into her car immediately, drove through a red light and slammed into the other vehicle a short time later. A judge denied the woman’s request for bail, and she is now awaiting trial for two counts of murder.
In situations like this, justice may seem hard to come by. There is nothing that will return a devastated family to normal after such a horrific event, and no amount of money can make up for the pain, suffering and loss. However, a successful wrongful death claim often sends a powerful message to those who persist in dangerous behaviors, such as drinking and driving, and it may also provide much-needed financial support for those left behind.