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DUI Driver From Virginia Beach Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit for $200,000
The accident occurred in Princess Anne Road. Dockiewicz was en route to picking up his son from school when he crashed into the Tonkings' vehicle at a speed of at least 77 mph, according to police evidence. His blood-alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit for driving, the newspaperreported.
The Tonkings' daughter filed two wrongful-death suits in circuit court. Dockiewicz and his insurance company, USAA Casualty Insurance Company, agreed to pay $100,000 in each case. This relatively small sum seems unfair but is likely the extent of the automobile accident policy of the drunk driver.
As experienced Virginia Beach-based accident injury attorneys, my colleagues and I see too many cases in which drunken drivers cause injuries or even deaths. We recently reported how a drunken driver from Virginia, VA received a sentence of 7-21 years for causing an accident in New York State that resulted in the death of a man.
Even when accident victims survive, their lives may never be the same again. Earlier this year we reported on how fundraisers were being held for a teacher from Newport News, VA, who has long-term care needs after she was hit by a 17-year-old driver who was charged with DUI offenses.
Our lawyers don't defend drunk drivers. We sue them. This year one f our clients, a 9-year-old boy from Virginia Beach, received a confidential settlement related to an October 2009 accident in which a drunk driver charged with her second DUI offense.
This article explains how to recover damages from drunk drivers and the rights of victims.