Though driving under the influence is a crime, the threat of serious injuries or jail time does not deter many individuals from drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel. As a result, numerous motor vehicle accidents take place every year due to drunk driving. In many cases, innocent individuals and not the intoxicated drivers are the victims in these accidents.
It was recently reported that a crash that took place in New York involved a drunk driver. Apparently, the incident involved two vehicles that collided on the Long Island Expressway. Both cars were reportedly traveling in the eastbound lanes when the crash occurred. One of the vehicles then struck a guardrail, and a passenger was thrown from the vehicle. The driver of that car was reported as being 20 years old, and he was taken into custody for vehicular manslaughter and DWI.
The passenger who was ejected from the car suffered fatal injuries. That person's age was not given in the report, and other identifying information had not yet been released. Authorities were continuing to investigate the fatal event at the time of the report.
Fatal motor vehicle accidents are unfortunately not uncommon. However, each incident has its own effects on the individuals involved and the surviving family of the victims. In relation to this New York incident, the victim's family may wish to consider filing a wrongful death claim against the driver considered at fault. Because the sudden loss of a loved one can cause many hardships, this type of civil claim could help them seek justice and compensation.
Source: abc7ny.com, "Long Island man arrested after multi-car crash on LIE in Woodbury leaves 1 dead", Feb. 24, 2017