Some people may think its no big deal to get behind the wheel of a car after having a few drinks, but this is never a safe idea. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents are all too common, and sometimes they have deadly results.
A 23-year-old Tennessee man has been convicted of both driving under the influence and vehicular homicide in an horrific accident that killed three people, including a pregnant woman and her unborn child. According to the prosecution, the man was driving drunk and well above the posted speed limit when he hit the victims as they were attempting to help a vehicle that had ran out of gas on the side of the road. The man's vehicle then dragged the victims over 100 feet, after which he fled the scene of the accident. The jury also convicted the University of Tennessee graduate of tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of the accident. The man could face a prison sentence of 40 years or more and fines totaling $124,000 when he is sentenced in June.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense that can have grave consequences. For victims pursuing a lawsuit against a drunk driver, the police report of the incident can prove vital to their case. When an officer pulls over a person suspected of drunk driving, they may observe the driver's speech, appearance and behavior. They may also look for open signs of drinking in the vehicle, such as empty beer cans or open liquor bottles. In addition, they may test the driver's blood-alcohol concentration and perform a field sobriety test. All of this information will be compiled in an official report that may come of use to victims in a subsequent lawsuit.
Sadly, the families of these victims will never get their loved ones back. Yet with the conclusion of the trial, they may feel at least in a small way that justice has been served. For others in similar situations, a civil lawsuit may be an additional way to bring closure to such tragedies.
Source: The Inquisitir, "Jury Convicts 23-Year-Old In Triple Fatal Hit-And-Run," Megan Charles, April 18, 2013