A single-vehicle crash in Walnut Creek on Aug. 12 led to the deaths of two 18-year-old men. In addition, three 18-year-old women who occupied the vehicle suffered serious injuries. Two women went to John Muir Medical Center for treatment, and police arrested the third women, the driver, on suspicion of DUI. Authorities expect to charge the driver with felony DUI and felony manslaughter.
Police believe that her Honda left the eastbound lane of Highway 24 near the interchange for Interstate 680. The vehicle flipped over and landed on Boulevard Circle. Witness reports came in to California Highway Patrol at around 4 a.m.
The Contra Costa CHP invites anyone who might have seen the crash to contact the office in Martinez. The accident remains under investigation.
When reckless or negligent drivers cause car accidents that hurt others, the victims could make personal injury claims. An at-fault driver and insurer might be responsible for compensating a victim for lost income and medical expenses. Documenting the circumstances of a crash and organizing medical records could prove difficult for a seriously injured person. However, an attorney could assist a victim with the administrative details of filing a lawsuit. After organizing evidence, legal counsel could approach the insurance company and request an appropriate settlement. Legal representation might overcome efforts by an insurer to limit a payout. An attorney might also identify private assets of a negligent driver, especially if a victim's damages exceed insurance coverage. If the responsible parties do not settle the case privately, then an attorney could take the case to a jury.