Fatal car accident may have been due to DUI

When a car crash happens, a family's life can be changed in the blink of an eye. Those who lose loved ones often struggle to come to terms with what happened, particularly if it seems that the event could have been preventable. This may be what one family is going through after a car accident claimed two lives when, according to California police, an intoxicated driver rear-ended a vehicle.

Authorities say that the crash happened on a recent afternoon at an intersection where a Mercedes sat, a mother and child inside. An SUV allegedly struck the Mercedes from behind and pushed it into oncoming traffic. Police report that a truck ran into the Mercedes and the car then caught fire. The mother and child inside died before first responders could save them.

Police haven't released the identity or precise ages of the victims yet. The SUV driver was arrested because authorities suspected she was driving under the influence of cannabis and an illegal stimulant. There is no word concerning potential formal charges. Officials are still investigating the crash at this time.

Whatever the police investigation reveals, the family of this mother and child has been forever changed. Their loved ones may decide to file a civil claim against the driver of the SUV. Doing so may result in monetary damages that could help the family pay for outstanding medical bills, funeral expenses, cover lost wages or make up for other costs that resulted from the car accident. An experienced personal injury attorney in California can guide those who find themselves in a similar situation.

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