An accident that occurred at an intersection in Bakersfield around 12:45 a.m. on Aug. 30 has left two people dead and one person injured. According to police, the collision took place when sedan read-ended a compact car, causing the compact car to catch fire and trap its three occupants inside.
Witnesses at the scene reportedly were able to pull one woman from the burning car, but the driver and the other passenger in the vehicle died at the scene. The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The 29-year-old male driver of the vehicle that allegedly caused the accident did not report any injuries. Authorities charged him with driving under the influence, and he could face vehicular manslaughter charges.
When people die in a motor vehicle accident due to another driver's negligence, the families of the deceased victims may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for accident-related expenses such as hospital bills, funeral costs, lost income and pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney may review the complete police investigation report while also conducting their own investigation into the crash. As the representative for the victims and their families, the attorney can work to prove the defendant's negligence and acquire a settlement to cover damages.
After learning that a loved one has been killed by a drunk driver, victims and their families may be overwhelmed by the decisions that must be made. It may be helpful to speak to an attorney who can help guide them through the process in order to begin healing.
Source: Bakersfield Now, "2 killed in collision, 1 arrested for alleged DUI", Eric Galvan, September 02, 2014