A woman is facing criminal charges for her alleged role in a deadly accident that happened on Highway 101 but in another part of California.
The woman, who is only 20 years old, is accused of driving while intoxicated. However, the California Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the accident and has asked members of the public to come forward with information.
The woman apparently struck a commercial box truck from behind. The initial collision set off a chain reaction, with both vehicles spinning out of control.
The box truck smashed through a concrete barrier and went into oncoming traffic, where it stuck another vehicle. Debris from the shattered barrier struck a fourth vehicle.
The woman who started the accident suffered injuries and required hospitalization.
Additionally, police said that two people who were in the box truck died because of the accident. One of the victims died at the scene and the other, a 15-year-old, died after being rushed to a nearby hospital.
Another motorist suffered injuries that authorities described as major and was taken to a hospital to recover.
Victims of drunk drivers should receive full compensation for their losses
It is honestly surprising that people continue to drive while drunk or drugged despite the decades of public service announcements and law enforcement efforts. Simply put, people should know better.
In this case, a driver’s reckless decision has caused the deaths of two people and left one innocent person with serious injuries. The driver herself was also hurt.
The criminal justice system will hopefully see to it that the person who caused this accident receives justice. However, criminal courts are not designed to compensate victims fully.
To get full compensation, the victims, including surviving family members, will need to file a claim or civil lawsuit in order to obtain compensation for their medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages and other damages, including non-economic losses like emotional distress and pain and suffering. Punitive damages may also be available in these circumstances.