There may be no accidents more senseless and tragic than those caused by a drunk driver. In too many cases, an intoxicated driver has made the reckless decision to get in a car and drive, even though he or she knows that it is dangerous and illegal. And tragically, the most serious consequences are often suffered by the victims of these accidents and their familes.
It was just over a year ago when a Georgia family was devastated by the loss of a 21-year-old woman who was hit and killed by a drunk driver. The family has struggled to cope with the tragic and untimely death since the accident, but they recently found at least some amount of closure when the drunk driver was sentenced to prison.
According to reports, a 23-year-old man was intoxicated when he smashed his car into the back of the victim’s vehicle and then tried to run away from the accident scene. Authorities were able to track him down and charge him with DUI manslaughter. He was found guilty and will spend the next 15 years in prison for his actions.
Criminal charges and sentences like these are often appropriate when a person has caused a drunk driving accident. But many victims and families choose to also pursue civil charges against an impaired driver. Through these types of claims, injured parties or the families of fatally-injured parties can request financial compensation in addition to any sentence that is handed down in criminal court and can serve as a way to further penalize a negligent or reckless driver. While there is no amount of money or prison time than can repair the damage caused in a drunk driving accident, taking legal action can help people attain a sense of justice and closure.