On February 2, 2018 at about 11:52 p.m., a two car crash occurred leaving one girl dead and several injured, reported The Press-Enterprise in an online article. Denise Canez was a passenger in a Toyota Sienna that was traveling north on Lyon Avenue and was hit by a Honda Accord that was traveling west on Ramona Boulevard in Rialto, California. The Honda Accord was traveling at high speed and failed to stop at a posted stop sign which caused the two vehicles to collide in the intersection. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident. Denise Canez was only 17-years-old, she was a traveling passenger in the Toyota Sienna that was struck by the presumed intoxicated driver. Canez was pronounced dead at 12:54 a.m. Saturday at Hemet Valley Medical Center. All passengers in both vehicles were injured and taken to hospitals to receive treatment.
Imagine being the family that has to wake up one morning to a call about their daughter passing in a car accident. The heartbreak knowing a life that was so young was lost, that your loved one will never get to laugh or smile again, all because of a drunk driver deciding to be reckless & careless. Driving under the influence is illegal in California, yet so many drivers have been involved in a car accident or have been stop in a DUI checkpoint due to being over the legal limit. When a driver has been drinking and gets into the driver’s seat, they are then putting many lives at risk of injury and even possibly a fatality.
When an unfortunate event like the one described in the article above occurs, the victims have rights to compensation. Negligent parties can be held responsible and victims have options like to file a claim and settle with their insurance companies, or hire an attorney and pursue a larger case or claim to fully protect their rights. Insurance companies will often try to hurry and settle the case and typically at a lesser amount that what may be achieved when fighting the claim, victims can lose out on a lot of money because many factors are overlooked and under compensated. With an attorney, they can file claims or pursue jury trials to recover more compensation for their clients. In a case like the one above, since a life was lost the family can file wrongful death claim for the loss of their daughter and work with the attorney towards receiving compensation. The battle does not simply end because the victim is deceased, the family still has rights.
The family in this case could go after compensation for the loss of their daughter regardless of any criminal charges brought by the County District Attorney’s office against the negligent driver. If you or anyone you may know is in a similar situation, find an attorney who is experienced and has a background and experience. For the case above, an attorney with a background in wrongful death lawsuits could pursued to help fight for the best outcome for the case. Justin H. King is an experienced personal injury attorney that represents victims in Ontario when they have lost someone due to someone else’s negligence. His firm, the Law Offices of Justin H. King provides representation for victims involved in serious and traumatic accidents pertaining to auto accidents and wrongful death claims.
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