Suspected DUI Driver from Upland Involved in Fatal Motorcycle Accident
Upland, CA (December 12th, 2021) – According to the Upland Police Department, a man was apprehended on suspicion of driving under the influence and colliding with a motorcyclist, causing his death. The fatal accident occurred on the evening of Sunday, December 12th. According to a news release from authorities, the perpetrator fled the scene of the accident.
Authorities indicate that 42-year-old Robert Meyer from Fontana was driving his motorcycle just before 5 p.m. near the intersection of 13th Ave. and East 9th St. when 58-year-old Jorge Romero pulled out into the lane. According to reports, Mr. Meyer attempted to avoid colliding with Mr. Romero’s vehicle but was unable to.
Meyer was rushed to a local hospital for treatment but he later succumbed to the injuries.
Romero reportedly checked on Meyer before fleeing the scene. He was later located by investigating officers and was taken into custody on the suspicion of felony DUI, felony hit-and-run, and vehicular manslaughter.
Anyone who may have witnessed the fatal accident or has additional information is being asked to contact the Upland Police Department.
Whenever a drunk driver causes a fatal accident, prosecutors may charge the reckless motorist with a crime. Aside from facing criminal charges, DUI drivers suspected of causing bodily harm to others can face civil claims filed by their victims. With a civil claim, injured victims can seek compensation for their injuries and losses, including pain and suffering, loss of income, and disability.
When a DUI accident causes the death of the victim, however, the deceased’s family members can seek compensatory damages on behalf of their loved one. This type of personal injury claim is referred to as a wrongful death claim.
The State of California has very strict rules regarding who can file the wrongful death claim. Generally, surviving spouses and registered domestic partners are given priority to bring a claim forward. Other family members who may be eligible to file a claim include the victim’s children, parents, stepchildren, and other dependents.
In order to achieve a successful outcome, every wrongful death claim involving a DUI driver should prove certain elements. The first element is to demonstrate that the at-fault driver owed a duty of care to the victim. In California, every motorist has a legal responsibility to drive carefully and avoid injuring others while driving.
The second element to demonstrate in a claim is that the driver breached his or her duty of care. When it comes to a DUI accident, this means demonstrating the driver was in fact intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Next, it is necessary to demonstrate that had it not been for the accused driver’s actions, the victim would be alive.
In a wrongful death claim, the plaintiff will need to prove that he or she has sustained quantifiable damages as a result of the fatal accident. These damages can include medical costs, funeral expenses, and loss of income.
If you have recently lost a loved one due to the reckless actions of another driver, it is important for you to know that you do not have to go through the claim’s process alone. After losing a loved one, it is completely understandable that it can be very difficult to even consider filing a claim. When it comes to wrongful death claims, however, time is of the essence. Vital information and important evidence can be lost with time. Additionally, the State of California has imposed a strict deadline to bring a case forward. Plaintiffs face debarment if they do not file the case in the time allowed.
After suffering the tragic loss of a loved one due to the recklessness of another driver, allow an experienced attorney to handle the investigation of the case and advocate on behalf of your family. The right attorney will build a strong case against the negligent driver and ensure he or she is held responsible for all of the losses incurred.
The Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King has successfully championed on behalf of those suffering the tragic loss of a loved one caused by another’s reckless actions. The compassionate law firm understands the difficulty these claims bring about those grieving. For this reason, the dedicated law firm works quickly and efficiently to handle the complexities of the claim. Through compassion and dedication, the law firm has a reputation of helping clients obtain the compensatory damages they are owed.
After losing a loved one, consider contacting the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King to help bring the suspected dangerous driver to justice. Consider calling (909) 297-5001 or complete the online contact form here.