Car accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence, especially in busy cities like Las Vegas. However, sometimes these incidents can result in especially horrific experiences for victims, survivors and family members. Witnesses to traumatic crashes, for example, can be haunted by mental scars for years after the event. In cases such as these, compensation from civil suits can help to address the medical expenses necessitated by mental pain and suffering.

The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating whether a driver’s medication may have played a role in a tragic car accident that killed five people, four of them children. This driver’s minivan collided with an SUV containing a 29-year-old woman and her children, ages 11, 6, 3, and 1. As a result of the crash, the SUV burst into flames, killing everyone in the vehicle. The minivan driver suffered major injuries.

Further compounding the tragedy of this crash is the fact that the deceased driver’s husband was driving a short distance behind his wife, and witnessed the collision. He attempted to extract his family from the burning vehicle, but was unable to save any of them. The couple and their children had been driving to a celebration for their 1-year-old son’s second birthday.

People who have suffered mental pain and suffering in addition to losing loved ones, like this father, may wish to pursue legal action against the person or company responsible for the wrongful deaths. Such suits may include claims regarding personal injury, premises liability or other civil litigation actions.

Source: New York Daily News, “Father watches in horror as wife and 4 children are killed in SUV crash,” Lee Moran, Feb. 17, 2014.