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Suspected Drunk Driver Arrested in Stockton Fatal Accident

Three-Vehicle Crash on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Results in Two Fatalities

A suspected drunk driver has been placed under arrest in Stockton following the death of two women in a traffic accident on May 2. The Stockton Police Department reported that the three-vehicle accident occurred shortly after 6:00 a.m. along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard with its intersection at Wilson Way. Two women, ages 47 and 54, were killed in the collision. Although they were rushed to a hospital for medical attention, both died there later. 

Driver Being Held Following Fatal Traffic Collision

The driver who was placed under arrest was identified as age 30. The charge placed against the driver was suspicion of driving under the influence. No additional details have been released at this time.

Getting Help Following A Wrongful Death

A wrongful death occurs when a negligent person or entity is responsible for someone else’s demise. When this occurs, the family of the deceased person can file a claim with the help of a Stockton wrongful death attorney. My legal team and I have assisted many Stockton residents in obtaining compensation, which not only gives them a sense of justice after the loss of their loved one but helps relieve the financial stress.

Causes of Intersection Collisions

Intersections are among the most dangerous areas for motorists. Around 40 percent of all accidents occur in them. Most intersection accidents can be attributed to driver negligence, including the following:

  • Drunk driving: When a drunk driver is on the road, they exhibit lowered reflexes, poor judgment and the inability to handle a vehicle. When approaching an intersection under the influence, the driver might not even notice that the traffic light is red.
  • Distracted driving: A driver who is texting or talking on a cell phone has their eyes off the road and is concentrating on something other than driving. Distracted driving is now the number one cause of accidents.
  • Fatigued driving: A motorist who is too tired can be compared to a drunk driver in their ability to react in an emergency situation. In addition, a driver who is fatigued can fall asleep at the wheel, endangering others.
  • Traffic infractions: Speeding, tailgating, running red lights, and other traffic infractions are common causes of intersection collisions.

Collecting Evidence to Support an Injury Claim

Those who are injured in a traffic accident often suffer serious harm. When a negligent driver was the cause of their injuries, they may place a claim for compensation. A personal injury claim allows them to recover the cost of all their medical expenses, time they’ve lost from being unable to work and reimburses them for their physical and emotional pain and suffering.

Investigation of a Drunk Driver Accident

Investigation of an accident involving a drunk driver is performed in the same way as other types of negligence. The aim is to discover what negligent action caused the accident, so the at-fault driver can be held responsible. Evidence is gathered in the following areas, including others:

  • Surveillance cameras are examined to see if any of them captured the accident on video.
  • The police report is checked for mistakes.
  • The investigators talk to all the witnesses to find corroborating accounts of the collision. In some cases, one of the witnesses taped the accident on their phone.
  • Accident reconstruction is conducted, which is widely used both in court and by insurance companies.

Stockton Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton car accident lawyer. If another driver caused your accident injuries, you might want to find out about placing a claim for compensation. You can reach me for my free and friendly advice at (209) 227-1931 or through the long-distance line at (800) 404-5400. An online message form is available also.

My law office has helped Stockton residents since 1982 to get the compensation they deserve for claims involving wrongful deaths, all varieties of traffic collisions, and others.

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