From the wide lanes of the turnpike to the winding paths through the Allegheny Mountains, Pennsylvania holds some of America’s great scenic roads. Millions of commuter frequent many of these roads on a daily basis. Many put their lives at risk without knowing it, thanks to drunk drivers.
Some hazards created by the time of day or conditions on the road create problems that cannot be avoided. But one pernicious factor in dangerous car accidents is drivers who operate a car or truck while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Impaired drivers are more easily distracted and lack the good judgment to be a safe driver.
A 30-year-old man who was involved in a recent car accident is under scrutiny for what may be his sixth case of driving while drunk in less than a decade. The man crashed a pickup truck into a sedan on a recent Saturday evening, killing the 45-year-old female driver and seriously injuring the passenger.
After a brief alleged flight from the scene by foot, the driver was arrested and may face charges of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence (DUI). He also claimed a relative was driving at the time of the accident, and police are continuing their investigation.
The victims of car accidents, including those involving drunk drivers, deserve assistance beyond the conviction of offenders. Financial restitution may be made through settlements or civil court actions, and an attorney can help consult on the best way to pursue these possibilities. No one should deal with a serious injury or the loss of a loved one alone.