There are many factors that can affect a person's ability to drive. Some of those factors are completely preventable -- and against the law. When a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, for example, he is recklessly choosing to endanger himself and unsuspecting victims around him.
Drunk and impaired driving is taken seriously in California and across the country because of how obviously careless and dangerous it is. A family who lost their teenage son to a DUI accident last February now waits for the California driver who killed the victim to face his criminal trial.
The 36-year-old driver is charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault for having caused a head-on collision while under the influence of drugs. He crashed into two vehicles when he recklessly veered into the oncoming lane, killing an 18-year-old driver who had just started college and had a promising future in baseball.
By allegedly using methamphetamine and driving, the defendant took a life and injured his own passenger. Surviving family of the deceased victim tells sources that they are "grateful" for the criminal charges; yet, they seem unsatisfied.
No matter what the outcome of a criminal trial or any legal process, how is a family supposed to get over the entirely preventable loss of their loved one? Still, putting a reckless driver through legal hardships, including a wrongful death lawsuit, can be a source of closure. A civil suit can feel like a more personal way for those directly affected by an offense to send a message to the careless party.
Source: STLToday, "Police: Man charged in fatal Chesterfield crash was high on meth," Joel Currier, June 20, 2012