On March 1, it was reported that a fatal accident in California that left two people dead was caused by an illegal street race. The 21-year-old driver who lost control of his vehicle, causing the car to go careening into a crowd, was ultimately charged with murder.
The illegal race reportedly took place in the Chatsworth neighborhood of Los Angeles on Feb. 26. Authorities reported that the man's sports car had been modified in order to race. It appeared, due to the tire marks left at the scene of the accident, that the driver had accelerated too quickly. It was believed that he lost control after attempting to switch gears. Two people ultimately died, with a third person suffering critical injuries.
At the time the report was released, the accused driver was being held in police custody on $2 million bail. A second person who was believed to be involved in the incident was still free.
Car accidents caused by reckless or negligent drivers can cause serious or even life-threatening injuries. The surviving family members of someone who was killed in this way may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible driver, especially if the driver is found to have been involved in illegal activities at the time the crash, such as street racing.
In order for a family to be eligible to file a wrongful death claim, they must prove that their loved one died directly due to the recklessness of the driver. An attorney may assist a family with gathering the evidence needed to file the claim as well as estimate the total amount of losses that were sustained by the family.
Source: ABC News, " Alleged street race driver charged with murder in fatal Los angeles crash ," March 1, 2015