Car Accident Lawyer Reports Teen Suspected Drunk Driver Arrested After Three Killed

COLFAX, Calif. – A suspected teenage drunk driver was arrested Thursday night on felony manslaughter and driving under the influence charges after losing control of his vehicle, hitting a tree and killing three male passengers.

The driver, a 17-year-old Meadow Vista resident, was allegedly speeding in his Subaru Outback when he came to a curve in the road, lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree on Applegate Road, police said. The single-vehicle accident claimed the lives of three passengers and injured another passenger at about 7:30 p.m.

There were three male passengers killed including two ages 21 and 31 who died at the scene and the second 21-year-old was taken by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, police said. The man later died at the hospital.

Police booked the teen driver into Placer County Juvenile Detention Center, the 17 year-old female injured passenger from Eugene, Oregon were taken to Roseville Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

“This is a very tragic situation for all of those involved in this car accident,” said Emery Ledger a car accident lawyer at Ledger & Associates. “Anytime alcohol is involved the consequences are often severe as was the case here.”

According to the latest statistics compiled by the Department of Motor Vehicles in 2009, fatal traffic accidents involving alcohol have been on the decline for three years now. In the most recent year, the number of traffic collisions involving fatalities was down 7.5% and the number of people killed in those accidents was down nearly 7% in 2009. This is good news, car accident lawyers say.

Headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., Ledger & Associates has handled numerous cases involving victims of drunk drivers who have been injured in traffic collisions. Drivers who engage in this type of behavior are liable to the victims they injure in a car accident. Sadly, every year roughly one third of those killed in crashes were involved in alcohol-related accidents, car accident lawyers say

Families of those killed in a traffic accident may also have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle who caused the accident.

To find out more about whether you have a case against another driver in a car accident call for a free consultation with one of the car accident lawyers at Ledger & Associates at 1-800-300-0001.





Car Accident Lawyer Reports Truck Driver Responsible for Quadruple Fatality Sentenced

ANAHEIM, Calif. – More than a year after a truck struck and killed a family of four people in a chain-reaction collision on the Interstate 5 freeway, the truck driver charged in the accident with negligence has plead guilty to four counts of vehicular manslaughter.

The truck driver was sentenced to nine months in jail for the Feb. 13, 2010 accident where the truck struck the family’s SUV and it was trapped between it and another tractor trailer truck and burst into flames.  The driver was accused of driving too fast at the time of the accident for the conditions and was reportedly unable to stop quickly enough to avoid the collision. The driver will begin his sentence on Oct. 31.

“Sadly, this truck accident took the lives of an entire family,” said Emery Ledger, a car accident lawyer at Ledger & Associates in Newport Beach. “Truck drivers wield an immense amount of weight behind them on the road and collisions involving them are often catastrophic.”

Serious fatal car accidents accounted for the deaths of 2,805 people involved in traffic accidents in 2009 out of a reported 426,228 overall collisions, according to California Department of Motor Vehicle statistics. Roughly 30% of all fatal and injury accidents were the result of drivers speeding, DMV records show.

Those involved in serious traffic accidents can face enormous medical bills, loss of wages and emotional scars that can last a lifetime, car accident lawyers say. Those drivers who are liable for the accident may be charged criminally as the above incident shows, but they can also face civil actions such as wrongful death claims from relatives of the victim.

Car accident lawyers at Newport Beach-based Ledger & Associates have seen countless cases where someone injured in a serious car accident has needed ongoing medical care for weeks, months and sometimes longer.

That is why it is important to contact a car accident lawyer immediately after a serious car accident so that an investigation can begin right away before memories fade and evidence gets lost. First take care of your medical needs, next contact a car accident lawyer so that your financial needs can be taken care of too.