A few weeks ago, 4 young lives were lost due to the recklessness of a driver who got behind the wheel while under the influence. The accident occurred at around 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday. The impaired driver of a Jeep broadsided (t-boned) a Chevrolet truck, which carried the 4 victims. According to reports, the driver ran a red light near Fourth Street and Tustin Avenue in Santa Ana – near the 5 and 55 freeways. After the collision, the Chevrolet pickup truck rolled over many times, caught fire, and trapped the four victims inside. An off-duty firefighter and nurse, who happened to drive by the accident, stopped to extinguish the fire and provide aid to the victims. Unfortunately, the 4 victims lost their lives. The driver of the Jeep, which was arrested on suspicion of DUI, survived the accident, suffering only minor injuries. Records show that the suspect’s blood-alcohol level was 0.29 – which is more than 3 times the legal limit. As of late February, the suspect has been charged with four counts of murder, driving under the influence and causing injury, and having a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or more.
All drivers have a duty of care to all other drivers on the road. Their duty of care consists of exercising caution to prevent any accidents from occurring. Within this duty of care lies driving carefully and obeying all traffic laws, for example.
By exercising reckless behavior, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, drivers are breaching their duty of care to all other drivers on the road.
By breaching their duty of care, negligent drivers could cause auto accidents.
The auto accidents could lead to harm.
As you can see, all of the points above are connected. Essentially, to prove negligence, claimants have to prove that the harm suffered (whether injury or death) was directly caused by a breach of duty (such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol). If you would like to learn more about your right to pursue a claim after the negligent actions of a driver caused your injuries or the death of a member of your family, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
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