An accident which left one driver dead has resulted in the at-fault driver being charged with driving while under the influence (DUI). The driver’s passenger was killed as a result of the crash, and the driver was charged with the DUI; according to local police, further charges are pending.
Drunk driving is reckless and dangerous; there are no excuses for it. Our deepest sympathies are with the family and loved ones of the victim in this accident, which could have been prevented had the driver simply not driven a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) estimates that every ninety seconds, a person is injured due to drunk driving; that’s a staggering number of injuries that could easily be avoided if inebriated or intoxicated motorists simply took more responsibility for their actions.
While the full details of this tragic accident are unavailable at the time, it’s clear that the family of the victim may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver. The legal definition of wrongful death encompasses many types of actions, and negligent driving that results in the death of a passenger, pedestrian or other driver is one of them. While no amount of legal redress can replace the pain left by a loved one’s death, a wrongful death claim can help defray the added burdens of the tragedy, such as funeral costs.
It’s also important to be aware of the laws, regulations and definitions that govern drunk driving or DWI statutes. You can click here to read an article authored by one of our injury attorneys that goes into detail regarding intoxicated driving laws. For instance, mixing alcohol and sodas causes alcohol to be absorbed more quickly into the bloodstream; motorists may be fooled into thinking they’re not as drunk as they are, which can lead to overconfidence in driving, and thus terrible accidents on the road. You can also read here a case we argued in which our clients, injured by a drunk driver, were awarded $112,000 in damages.