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The lives of many taken and ruined due to drunk driving accidents

We often read or hear reports about fatal motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers. Few people, however, realize exactly how traumatizing and life-altering drunk driving accidents are for both surviving family members as well as the drivers responsible for causing these tragic and preventable accidents.

Recently, a 25-year-old woman sat in a Connecticut courtroom awaiting a judge's decision about her future. Also in that courtroom were the family members of a father of three who, at the age of just 35, was killed when the woman's car veered across the highway and struck the man along with three other individuals who were riding on motorcycles.

The 35-year-old man suffered fatal injuries and died at the accident scene. His uncle and female passenger, who were on the second motorcycle, and suffered serious injuries. The man's finance, who was riding on the back of his motorcycle, suffered severe and debilitating injuries including broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. However, even more painful than her injuries was suffering the loss of her soon-to-be husband.

At the time the fatal motorcycle accident occurred, the now 25-year-old woman's blood alcohol level registered three times the legal limit. The judge sentenced the mother of two to serve seven years in prison and five years probation for criminal charges including drunk driving and manslaughter.

Each year, drunk driving accidents take and ruin the lives of thousands of Americans. While nothing can bring a loved one back, families who have lost a son, daughter, parent or spouse due to the negligent acts of a drunk driver may choose to take legal action. A wrongful death lawsuit may help in the recovery of damages as well as provide a sense of closure.

Source: The Day Connecticut, "Cost of drunk driving aired at manslaughter sentencing," Karen Florin, April 3, 2014

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