Car accidents caused by drunk drivers can lead to serious injuries and death for which legal options are available to help victims and families of victims. The Multnomah County Circuit Court will be the setting for the court appearance of a man accused of killing two people recently in a Portland car crash. The car accident that claimed the lives of the two victims was allegedly caused by the driver’s failure to stop at a stop sign, hitting the car carrying the two victims at high speed. The man is now facing manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and drunk driving charges. The two victims were a man and his elderly mother; a passenger in the vehicle driven by the alleged drunk driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Car accident injuries can range from catastrophic injuries to soft tissue injuries that can develop in a delayed manner following a car crash. Unfortunately, car accident injuries can also result in death. Auto accident injuries and related deaths can lead to medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering for car accident victims and their families. When a drunk driver is involved, victims or family members of victims may wish to pursue liability against the negligent or reckless driver and seek compensation for the injuries that were caused. This is usually pursued through a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury lawsuits following the death of a loved one are known as wrongful death lawsuits. Damages that may be recovered by family members through a wrongful death action may include medical and funeral expenses, as well as lost of support, services and lost prospect of inheritance. The legal process offers options for car accident victims and their families in the event of a car crash. When drunk drivers are involved in causing the accident, the legal process has options to help all types of victims. Source: The Republic, “Man facing manslaughter charges following crash that killed 2 in southeast Portland,” Author Unknown, Mar. 10, 2013.