January 30, 2012
Drunk driving can not only destroy the lives of accident victims, but their families and loved ones as well. FOX 16 News reported from a courtroom today where the parents and fiance of two drunk driving victims gave testimony on the impact their loss has had on their lives during the sentencing of the drunk driver responsible for the crash.
The accident happened on May 15th of last year on I-540 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It is there that the drunk driver, with a blood alcohol content of .16–or twice the legal limit–hit the vehicle driven by the 26-year-old woman. A passenger in the woman’s car died at the scene, and the driver died three days later at a local hospital.
The driver responsible for the crash pled guilty to two counts of negligent homicide and was sentenced to up to 22 years in prison.
While a lengthy prison sentence may ensure the drunken driver doesn’t commit the crime again for quite a while, it does not compensate for the loss the victims’ families have suffered. In order to be awarded damages for the accident such as lost income, expenses, and other punitive damages, a civil case must be brought against the drunk driver.
The Arkansas wrongful death attorneys with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton are here to help you if you have any questions regarding the loss of your loved one because of another person’s negligent act. Contact an experienced attorney today for a free initial consultation.