The Esparza family of Denver will likely be entitled to a wrongful death settlement after a fatal Christmas Day accident resulted in the untimely loss of their wife and mother. The police report associated with this case explains that the Esparza family was driving home from a Christmas Eve celebration in the early morning hours of Christmas Day when their vehicle was t-boned by a drunk driver – 37-year-old Johnny Gilbert – who reportedly ran a red light at the intersection of Peoria Street and East 51st Avenue.
Although Gilbert fled the scene of the fatal car accident shortly after it occurred, he was later apprehended by Denver law enforcement officials, placed under arrest and is currently being held in the Denver County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bail payment.
The Criminal Case Could Be Helpful in Civil Proceedings
Both police and the Denver District Attorney suspect that Gilbert was criminally negligent in this case and that this negligence directly led to the death of Dora Gaytan, as well as the serious injuries sustained by her husband and two children. In fact, Gilbert is currently facing a number of felony and misdemeanor criminal charges – including (but not limited to) charges of DUI, vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a fatality and second-degree assault.
While this pending criminal case against Gilbert will help bring about evidence that can later be used against him in civil court, the verdict in this case may also be powerful evidence in a wrongful death lawsuit, as it can establish without question that Gilbert’s negligence caused the death and injuries resulting from this accident.
In such difficult times, it’s important that victims who have lost family members due to other people’s negligence remember that, although no amount of money can bring back their loved ones, a wrongful death settlement can be pivotal to helping provide them with the financial support they may need as they make funeral arrangements and deal with their profound grief.
Douglas County Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a DUI accident, car accident or in any type of traffic accident, you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident and wrongful death lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Meeting with one of our esteemed attorneys as soon as your health is stabilized can ensure that you ultimately have the strongest case possible, as waiting will start immediately running out the statute of limitations for your case and could even result in the loss of critical evidence.
Our trusted Douglas County personal injury and accident attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling car accident cases, wrongful death suits and other types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.