Staying focused, staying alert and watching out for the other motorists on the road while behind the wheel is crucial to safe driving. Alcohol influences these capabilities of a person, putting oneself and others in danger. Driving under influence is fatal and regardless of constant campaigns and awareness drives by the authorities in Washington, many drivers are arrested every year in the country for driving while intoxicated.
In a recent case, a former Kent city employee sentenced to eight-and-half years in prison in connection with drunk driving and killing a pedestrian. The fatal accident occurred while the victim, a man in his mid-70s, was trying to cross the intersection at 108th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 204th Street. Reportedly, the victim was hauled about 200 feet by the truck and died at the scene. The man was driving his work vehicle, a maintenance truck, and admitted that he was drunk. He made an apology for his actions before the judge.
In an endeavor to lower the threats of drinking and driving, the state have enacted a variety of laws. Charges for impaired driving can be from misdemeanors to felony offenses. There may be strict penalties such as driver's license revocation, fines and even jail time.
Apart from the stringent punishments for the accused, the law also grants varieties of reliefs for the victim and their immediate family members who suffered damage as a result of an accident or injury. They may be able to pursue financial recovery from the party found negligent in the case.
The injured party may file a personal injury claim against the person at fault for compensation for medical expenses such surgeries, rehabilitation and therapy. They may also pursue other damages like lost wages, pain and suffering and court expenses. A wrongful death lawsuit can also be filed by the family members in case of death of the victim, in which the victim's survivors can pursue compensation for damages like funeral expenses and loss of society and companionship.