As more details regarding the fatal car accident that occurred this past Sunday in Diamond Bar become public, we are gaining a clearer picture as to the extent of the recklessness and negligence that contributed to six people’s untimely deaths. Investigators are now explaining that Olivia Culbreath, the 21-year-old woman who was reportedly drunk and driving east on the westbound 60 Freeway when she caused a fatal head-on collision, was reportedly driving at speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour immediately prior to the accident.
With speeding having allegedly been involved in this fatal car accident, the criminal case against Culbreath, who is currently facing felony DUI and manslaughter charges, seems to be getting increasingly stronger by the day. Yesterday, news of Culbreath’s history of reckless driving, including a prior DUI conviction, shocked the public, and this spotty driving record will likely be presented by prosecutors as damning evidence against Culbreath if (or when) this case goes to trial.
Evidence, Verdict in Criminal Case Can Be Critical in Wrongful Death Civil Case
The evidence investigators are compiling in this criminal case against Culbreath – as well as the final disposition in this case (whether that is ultimately a guilty verdict or a guilty plea as part of a plea deal) – can play a crucial role in any wrongful death case that the families who have lost loved ones in this tragic accident may file in the coming weeks or months. In fact, if these families choose to pursue justice in civil court by filing a wrongful death lawsuit:
- The process of building a civil case will likely be expedited, as much of the evidence against Culbreath has already been compiled by investigators.
- The grieving families can obtain compensation for the expenses associated with their loved one’s burial and funeral costs and the expenses associated with any emergency medical treatments administered immediately following the accident, as well as compensation for their own mental anguish.
While the Pasadena wrongful death lawyers at Binder and Associates know that no amount of money can ever makeup for losing a loved one in a fatal car accident, we will fight for our clients’ rights to wrongful death settlements so that they can obtain the financial support they may need as they grieve the loss of their loved one(s).
Pasadena Wrongful Death and Car Accident Lawyers
If you have lost a loved one due to a fatal car accident, or if you have been injured in any type of traffic accident, you need an attorney who understands personal injury law and knows what steps to take on your behalf. At Binder and Associates, our Pasadena car accident and wrongful death attorneys have been committed to aggressively defending victims’ rights since 1973. Our thorough knowledge of the law and our fierce litigating skills allow us to consistently help accident victims secure the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and losses.
You can arrange for your free initial consultation and receive trusted advice from an experienced legal professional by calling us at 626-793-9124 or 800-310-1529 or by emailing us using the form on the right-hand side of this page.