Many people consider their driving skills second nature. But no matter how honed those driving skills are, intoxication can severely impede a person's physical response and decision-making ability. This can be costly when driving in a traffic-dense city like Los Angeles.

In Mission Viejo, 48 miles southeast of Los Angeles, a car accident took the life of a 36-year-old mother after a head-on collision with a suspected drunk driver. A police report stated that a 42-year-old male driving a pickup truck was attempting to move into the southbound lane. However, the pickup truck moved to the northbound lane instead, colliding with the oncoming van of the woman.

The man sustained injuries and had to be taken to a medical center. The incident is still under investigation; however, initial details indicate that investigators detected signs of intoxication, even though the man was not able to undergo a field sobriety test.

Unfortunately, the accident cost the woman her life. She had three children ranging from ages 7 to 14 years.

The aftermath of a car accident often entails a thorough investigation to ascertain the cause of the accident, including contributing factors and determining where the fault lies. Drunk driving is a common and often deadly cause of a vehicle accident, as is taking illegal drugs, cell phone use, and eating and drinking while driving. All of these actions fall under negligence. Victims of negligence-induced accidents may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses in addition to loss of income if a liability suit is filed against the negligent driver.

Source: LA Times, "Woman dies in crash with suspected drunk driver," Nicole Santa Cruz, May 8, 2013