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Another driver charged with DUI in a Charleston bridge accident

In what could be the continuation of an unfortunate trend, another alleged drunk driving crash has occurred on the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina. A vehicle driven by an intoxicated woman crashed into another car last week while attempting to change lanes. The woman's vehicle then hit a guard rail, which flipped the vehicle and trapped her inside. The driver was freed by officers who arrived on the scene.

While helping the woman out from the vehicle the officers made two observations: there were empty bottles of beer evident inside the vehicle and the driver had a distinct smell of alcohol on her breath. The driver admitted to having several drinks before driving, and submitted to a blood-alcohol test.

The apparently intoxicated woman suffered some broken bones in her face and has been sent to a local hospital to receive medical treatment. Fortunately, this DUI accident on the bridge did not result in the death of a motorist, as was the case a mere three months ago. In that accident, a man died when an intoxicated driver struck his vehicle at a high rate of speed.

Unfortunately, many DUI accidents result in serious injuries of innocent people. For these folks, short- and long-term medical costs often arise, and in many cases the victims suffer physical and emotional pain.

When this is the situation, it is often the case that legal action is taken against the intoxicated person presumably responsible for the accident. The results of these legal actions vary, but often result in victims receiving compensation for medical costs and personal pain and suffering.

Source: ABC News 4, "Another DUI accident on the Ravenel Bridge," March 29, 2012

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