In April of 2017, a woman driving an SUV struck and killed another woman at the Ventura County Government Center. She subsequently fled the scene of the crash. Georgia Mae Casey, 31, has pled guilty to charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, with the special circumstance of fleeing the scene. She has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison.
At the Law Offices of J. Jeffery Herman, we want to help if you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of another driver. We will work tirelessly to secure compensation for all of your crash-related expenses. If you need a Ventura County car accident attorney, call us today.
This Tragic Case
Estelle Tejeda Comacho, 43, was from Ventura. On April 25, 2017, she was walking on the sidewalk on her way to work when the vehicle driven by Casey, an Acura MDX, drove onto the sidewalk and struck her. Casey stopped for a moment before fleeing the scene. Paramedics rushed Comacho to the hospital where she died from her injuries.
Casey was arrested nearly one year after the crash, in April of 2018. It was determined that she was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.
What Are The Dangers?
We know that vehicle crashes are a reality, though we hope they never happen to us. During the latest full reporting year in California, there were more than 278,000 total injuries due to vehicle crashes.
How do these crashes happen?
Unfortunately, alcohol and drug-impaired drivers continue to be a major concern for motorists across the state. In 2016, alcohol-impaired drivers were responsible for 29% of all traffic fatalities in the state. They caused over 27,000 injuries that year.
We also know that distracted drivers are a growing concern, despite laws in place to discourage such behavior. Nearly 50% of drivers surveyed by the Office of Traffic Safety admitted to making a driving mistake while talking on the phone.
How many people have you seen driving down the road while staring at their phone screens?
Speeding is still the number one cause of crashes in the state. When people disregard the posted speed limits, they usually do not think they are doing anything wrong. Unfortunately, speeding drivers are much more likely to cause serious injuries in vehicle crashes.
What Happens Now
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash that was caused by another person’s negligence, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. You and your family should not be put into financial jeopardy due to the negligence of another driver. At The Law Offices of J. Jeffery Herman, you can count on having a qualified and experienced team by your side that will work to secure coverage for:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages