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Fatal Del Mar drunk driving accident, Rachel Morrison killed

A fatal drunk driving accident took the life of 27 year-old Rachel Anne Morrison on March 28, 2014. The accident occurred on Camino Del Mar and Coast Boulevard in Del Mar, California. Ms. Morrison, a pedestrian, was crossing the street, when Christopher Stockmeyer ran a stop-sign at a high rate of speed, striking and killing Ms. Morrison.

Mr. Stockmeyer fled the scene and hid at his apartment. Police located him soon after the incident. Ms. Morrison was rushed to Scripps La Jolla hospital where she died from her injuries. Mr. Stockmeyer was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Fatal car accidents leave the friends and family of the victim devastated. The emotional wounds caused by such an accident will never fully heal, and the financial burdens associated with the loss of a loved one can be devastating.

The services of a personal injury attorney are an invaluable resource for the victim's family. An attorney will identify all the sources of recovery available to the victim's family.

In Ms. Morrison's case, Mr. Stockmeyer is responsible to Ms. Morrison's heirs for the loss of the care, comfort and society of their loved one. Additionally, Mr. Stockmeyer will be responsible for punitive damages.

In wrongful death traffic accidents many sources may provide financial relief to heirs of the deceased. The other driver's automobile liability insurance policy is one source. The deceased's own auto insurance policy may have medical payment benefits which will be available to defray funeral expenses and uncovered medical expenses regardless of fault. Further the deceased's uninsured motorist policy may be available if the policy limit is in excess of the other driver's liability policy limit. This is one very important reason to carry uninsured motorist coverage with policy limits of not less than $500,000.00 per person.

Additionally, the location of the accident, the roadway lighting and design may also be contributing factors. The drunk driver's activities prior to the accident need to be investigated for additional parties that may be culpable. For example a recent California Supreme Court case has, in certain circumstances, extended liability to Party Hosts. This blog has discussed Social Host and government responsibility and many posts regarding fatal drunk driving and hit and run accidents. These posts reflect the depth of our attorney's knowledge and abilities in helping victims of these tragic accidents.

If you or a loved one is hurt, or killed, in a drunk driving accident, an experienced attorney can help. At the Law Offices of David P. Beeson we have been representing victims of drunk driving accidents for more than 35 years. Visit our website at or call us at 619-233-6078.

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