Five Los Angeles residents were killed and two more critically injured when a suspected drunk driver hit the van they were riding in, causing it to flip over. The family was returning from a visit to their dying patriarch in Colorado.
The Los Angeles Times tells a heart-wrenching story about the family the deceased have left behind and a brother that finds it challenging to eat or drink. "I don't think we'll be able to move on until we can bury them," the brother told the Times.
Burying five family members, including three brothers, one of the brother's wives and a 13-year-old girl will not only be difficult emotionally but also financially.
The teenage driver who caused the accident is being held under suspicion of drunk driving and driving without a license. It is questionable whether he had insurance. If he did, the family will be able to bring a lawsuit against him to recover compensation for the funeral expenses, medical expenses, loss of income and other economic damages caused by the accident. They may also seek noneconomic damages for the pain and suffering they have experienced since the accident, and punitive damages to punish him for his decision to drink and drive.
If, however, the teenage driver does not have insurance or the financial means to pay the family for their losses, the family may have to turn to their own insurance's uninsured/underinsured driver policy, if they have elected that insurance. They are also seeking donations to help them through this very difficult time.
Our hearts go out to the family and friends who lost so many loved ones in this tragic accident.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "In An Instant, Deadly Car Crash Reshapes Family Forever," Ruban Vives, Joseph Serna, Joe Mozingo, Apr. 2, 2013
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