The family of a 28-year-old man killed in a car accident by a drunk driver is fighting for justice after the driver pleaded with the court for leniency. While the defendant has professed his remorse for the fatal car accident, the family and their attorney believe further justice is necessary. In the state of California, they are entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court, which is an option they may consider moving forward. 

The accident took place back in October when the victim was stopped at a stop sign, preparing to negotiate a turn. The accused man, who was transporting a passenger at the time, was reportedly traveling some 80 to 90 mph and failed to stop, smashing into the rear of the first vehicle with enough force to send both cars into the intersection before spinning out. Both vehicles caught fire, but the victim was unable to escape his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The other man and his passenger survived the wreck, and the driver was judged to be intoxicated on a mixture of alcohol and cocaine. He was charged, but successfully lobbied the court for leniency by pleading guilty. The family’s representation had called for extended prison time, but he received a sentence of only five years and eight months behind bars. 

Sometimes, the criminal justice system does not deliver the consequence some might feel appropriate for a crime. Nevertheless, it is possible for the families of deceased victims in a fatal car accident, especially one predicated by drunk driving, to file wrongful death lawsuits in a California civil court. In this case, the family of the deceased man and also the injured passenger in the other vehicle are entitled to sue, seeking monetary judgments for all documented financial losses associated with the tragedy.