Drunk driving automobile accidents often end in tragedy -- critical injuries or death. A recent story in Las Vegas is particular disheartening. Earlier this month an 18 year old drunk driver was accused in an incident that left five people dead, authorities said.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a young man born in Mission Viejo but residing in San Juan Capistrano, rear-ended a van carrying seven people about 3 a.m. The impact caused the van to spin out and flip. The 7 people in the van were traveling back from Colorado where they had been visiting their dying father. The report noted that several Southern California families were devastated after this crash, but doesn't say what city they were from.
The 18 year old was booked on seven counts of suspicion of drunk driving. He killed five people and two others were severely injured. Three of the people who died were all brothers. The victims' ages ranged from 13 to 53. Nevada Highway Parol found beer bottles inside his Durango. He also was driving without a license.
Not only had family members and friends had to be notified of this deadly accident, but the dying father in Colorado whom the three brothers had just visited had to be told of his sons' deaths. That is unimaginable, how that man must have felt upon receiving that horrible news. It is the type of devastation that a parent would never get over. I'm sure everyone who knows them and people in their community are keeping the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers during this tragedy.
Drunk driving claims many lives in California and the United States. These DUI accidents are senseless and preventable by just not drinking and driving. Many organizations are devoted to education about DUI's and there is a lot of focus on teaching young drivers about the dangers of drinking and getting behind the wheel. The 18 year old in this report, while intoxicated, lost control of his car and caused a deadly accident. He is being held in a Detention Center in Las Vegas on $3.5 million bail.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, please contact the Law Offices of Cohn & Swartzon. Victims of drunk driving accidents often sustain catastrophic injuries that can prove to be extremely costly in terms of medical bills, loss of current and future wages, and emotional trauma. The individual whose reckless actions caused your injuries do not just have a responsibility to the city, they have a responsibility to you, the victim. As your personal injury attorney, we will fight on your behalf to make sure they own up to that responsibility and provide you with just compensation for your losses.
Moreover, we will deal, on your behalf, with the insurance companies of the parties involved to ensure that the settlement you receive is sufficient compensation for your expenses. In accidents like this, insurance companies will often try to take advantage of the fact that the settlement details are difficult, if not impossible, for the average person to understand. Thus, they will make a "low-ball" initial settlement offer and the victim or his/her family will accept without realizing that they deserve, and will end up needing, more than that. This is where the experience of an Orange County personal injury attorney can be of great beneficence. Contact our office today for a free consultation.
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