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Rapper's Death Tragic Reminder Of Dangers Of Drunk Driving And Distracted Driving

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In a tragic accident that reminds us of the dangers of drunk driving, as well as distracted driving, aspiring Southern California rapper Erwin McKinness also known as Jew'elz or Inkyy, died earlier this month in an Ontario area car crash. Four other California men were killed as well.

According to reports, the rapper tweeted the phrase "YOLO" (you only live once) just before he and his friends died. The tweet also referenced being drunk. Police reports indicate that the driver of the 2005 Nissan Sentra lost control of the vehicle after running a red light and slamming into a wall. 3 of the men died at the scene, while another died shortly thereafter at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, California. While police are still investigating the accident, they belief alcohol was involved based on McKiness's tweet as well as a tweet sent out by @ink2flashyy.

Although great awareness exists concerning the dangerous of drunk driving and distracted driving, rarely is there such a vivid example of the possible consequences.

In fact the National Transportation Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) report that in the United States the leading cause of auto accidents is driver intoxication with forty percent (40%) of the total traffic deaths related to driver intoxication. Distracted driving and other forms of reckless and negligent driving account for a large bulk of the remaining accidents and deaths. According to initial reports, a lethal combination of all of the above may have been at play in this incident.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident or any other type of motor vehicle crash, consulting with a top Sacramento car accident attorney right away.

An important point to remember is that because California is a comparative law state, even if you are partly at fault in an accident, you may still be able to recover compensation for your injuries or a wrongful death. This means that even if you have had too much to drink yourself and may have done nothing to prevent a drunk driving accident as a passenger, you may still be able to recover damages. However, the amount may be limited by the percentage you may be found to blame.

Despite this reduction, seeking recovery for your injuries or your family's losses provides many benefits to those injured and the surviving family members. It may be possible to recover money for losses including medical expenses, lost wages, funeral expenses and emotional damages.

For more information about the dangers of drunk driving or distracted driving, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a California car accident, please contact an experienced Sacramento car accident lawyer right away for an immediate consultation.


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