Just this week a man was sentenced to one year in jail after crossing over the yellow line into ongoing traffic and killing another driver in a drunk driving accident in 2015. According to police reports, this was the third drunk driving incident for the man and he was driving a car despite his license being suspended.
In the fall of 2015, a 32-year-old woman was on her way home from work. In her 15-minute commute home, the drunk driver crossed the yellow line and swerved straight into the woman's truck. Although she was able to slow her vehicle, the truck was struck head on by the drunk driver and the woman died on impact.
The driver did not leave the scene and was questioned by police who arrived. The driver did not know where he was and did not remember getting into the car to drive. Apparently, he had been doing laundry during the afternoon and taking breaks at the bar next door. When police arrived, he was stumbling around and did not appear upset, despite the vehicular manslaughter.
When his car was searched, there was a basket of folded laundry and an opened 12 pack of beer that included 8 empty cans in the backseat. The driver was arrested and pled innocent in court.
The driver's wife pled with family and friends on Facebook, telling them to please forgive her husband because he has a drinking problem that he can't control. This information was brought into court and was admitted into evidence, despite the defense's attempts at blocking the statements the defendant's wife made on social media.
Through her tears, the victim's mother gave a speech to the driver and he didn't seem phased. The pregnant wife of the driver also got up to speak and began crying as she spoke. She didn't know how she was going to raise their baby with her husband in jail.
The victim's family pressed the DA to keep the drunk driver off of the streets and they do not feel vindicated with only one year of incarceration for the driver. The loss of their loved one was simply devastating to the family and they will be seeking financial damages to further punish the driver.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driving accident, you need to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your options. If you have been hurt, or your loved one has been killed, monetary damages may be rewarded as a result of the accident.
If you have been injured in an accident in Philadelphia, write down all the information you can about the scene and look for witnesses. Accident reconstruction by experts hired by our firm will be helpful, but the more information you can provide to authorities, the stronger your case will be against the drunk driver.
Make sure that you document all treatment you have received for your injuries and provide all of your medical records to one of our experienced car accident lawyers in Philadelphia so that they can present the injuries as part of your legal claim. The biggest mistake accident victims make is not hiring a car accident attorney in Philadelphia quickly enough, and not documenting everything that they remember happening during the accident. Even if the details seem small, write it down and let your lawyer decide what is important. Contact us to get the maximum possible compensation available under Pennsylvania law.