Unfortunately for innocent Augusta drivers and pedestrians, drunk driving continually happens. Whether intoxicated drivers believe that they are sober enough to make it home in safety, or they simply aren’t thinking their actions through, does not change the outcome of their negligent behavior. While all fatal auto accidents are senseless, they seem especially so when a teen dies as a result of the poor choices of another.
Just a few miles outside of Georgia a teenage boy passed away less than two hours after being hit by a man who police say was driving under the influence. According to the coroner, the teen succumbed to blunt force trauma. The man charged with DUI was also taken to the hospital but his injuries, if any, were not serious enough to keep him there.
The accident involved a third vehicle as well. A sedan that was driven by a woman was hit by the intoxicated man’s truck. The impact occurred after the truck struck the deceased’s vehicle. The woman was taken to the hospital but her condition is unknown at this time.
When drivers cause personal injury or damage to another’s property they can be held liable for their negligent actions. If a motorist ends up taking the life of another, they may even face a wrongful death suit. If you are the victim of a drunk driver, seeking counsel from an attorney that has dealt with similar cases is a great way to understand your rights and possibly even receive compensation for damages suffered.
Source: Opelika-Auburn News, “Cusseta man charged with DUI following car wreck that killed Valley teen,” August 13, 2013