There’s not a person in this country that doesn’t know how wrong it is to get behind the wheel drunk. We’ve all seen the devastation wrought by these types of bad decisions. And yet, every day people come out of the bar intoxicated and fool themselves into thinking that it’s OK to drive home. They use every excuse in the book, from “I can drive just fine when I’m drunk,” to “Home is only five minutes away.” Sadly, for the victims of these drunk drivers, those excuses don’t go hold much water.
One Oklahoma man is set to be sentenced in a tragic case that happened almost three years ago. On that fateful night, the man got into his pickup truck with a blood alcohol level of at least 0.13, which is almost double the legal limit. As he headed down U.S. 27, a pregnant woman, riding in the back of a van, was coming to a stop at a light. His pickup rammed into the rear of the vehicle, killing the woman instantly.
Efforts were made to save the life of the unborn baby, but to no avail. Investigations found that the driver of the pickup never even tried to brake. The drunk driver could be looking at 27 years in prison for his involvement in the accident.
It’s important to remember that even if though he’s been convicted in a criminal court, the victims still have a right to air their grievances in civil court via a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you have been victimized by the negligence of a drunk driver, you may be able to work with an attorney to get compensation for your losses.
Source: theledger.com, “Sentencing Due in 2 Bartow DUI Deaths,” Suzie Schottelkotte, July 16, 2015