An early evening accident took the life of a 55-year-old man in downtown Philadelphia in December, and the woman who was driving the car in which the man was a passenger is now facing DUI charges. Philadelphia car accident attorneys note that the woman’s post-crash blood analysis showed a blood alcohol level of .218 percent and the presence of both Xanax and Klonopin in her system.
The woman has been criminally charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence, among other charges, but for victims of a car accident to recover compensation from a negligent driver, a civil suit needs to be filed.
Anyone can be momentarily distracted in the car and cause an accident. By choosing to drive a car every person is assuming the responsibility to drive with reasonable care, and while many people allow themselves to be distracted by the radio or a phone conversation, drinking and driving is a very clear sign of negligence.
Lowered awareness and slowed reaction times are well-known side effects of drinking, and negligent driving is indicated by failure to exercise the care owed to other drivers and pedestrians, in addition to passengers.
Sadly, the man who was a passenger did not survive the accident, but when an accident with negligence at its base has occurred, surviving family members can bring a wrongful death suit to try to recover for the financial harm they suffered as a result of the death.
Financial compensation obviously cannot bring a loved one back, but it can ease the monetary burden that a sudden death can leave behind. A Philadelphia car accident lawyer can work to help ease the suffering.
Source: Delaware County Daily Times, “Spring City woman faces DUI rap in fatal Morton crash,” Cindy Scharr, Jan. 29, 2013