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Man accused of driving drunk, causing car accident

Far too many car crashes in California involve impaired drivers. For all the potential causes of a car accident, driving while intoxicated is one that can be controlled by those who choose to consume alcohol. Families who are unfortunate enough to have their lives turned upside down by the poor choices of a drunk driver should never have to endure such senseless pain, but, time and again, too many are forced to do so. Recently, a man has been accused here in California of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after another man's life was lost in a wrong-way car accident.

The crash happened very late at night on a highway according to the authorities. The victim collided with the alleged drunk driver who was driving the wrong way on the highway head-on. He died before he could receive any medical attention. The driver who is accused of causing the crash sustained only minor injuries and a passenger in his car is in more serious condition at a local hospital.

Authorities have not determined with exactly what the driver may have been impaired, though one sergeant has stated that it was alcohol. There is no word on whether toxicology reports have been issued, though it is likely that blood samples were taken after the accident. The police have charged the accused motorist with three unspecified felonies.

Even if the man who stands accused of causing this crash in California is found guilty in criminal court, the family of the victim may make the decision to pursue a civil case. A successfully litigated claim may give the family monetary compensation that could be used to cover any unpaid costs that they may have incurred due to the crash, such as medical bills or funeral costs. A car accident involving a drunk driver is always a tragic occurrence, but families who lose loved ones have the right to see that justice is done.

Source:, Driver accused of DUI in deadly wrong-way crash, Dominic Garcia, Feb. 23, 2014

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