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Driver pleads guilty over fatal drunk driving accident

A 20-year-old man from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, could face up to 35 years in prison as a result of a drunk driving crash last year. The driver has pleaded guilty in the case, in which he drove his vehicle the wrong way onto a freeway exit ramp at 60 miles an hour. He collided with the vehicle of a 72-year-old woman returning home from work, fatally injuring her. According to local authorities, the young driver's blood alcohol level was far above the legal limit.

Accidents such as this remind us of the danger of drunk driving and reestablish the importance of legal action against the behavior. While drunk driving may be an unavoidable reality of the road, it is not one which goes without punishment. Punishments including fines, public service and jail time can result from being caught while driving intoxicated. These punitive actions serve a dual purpose: to punish the individual and to discourage others from engaging in the same behavior.

Legal action is not limited solely to the state; the family of victims or those who have been injured by drunk drivers have legal options to consider as well. For those seriously injured in a drunk driving accident, the medical bills and potential long-term treatment may be a serious financial strain. For those who lose a family member, covering potential expenses or loss in income could be devastating without assistance. In these instances, it is important to remember that victims can bring a drunk driver to court in order to receive compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering or wrongful death.

While no amount of financial compensation may be able to repay the damages done, it can provide some much needed financial assistance to an individual or families in their time of hardship following a tragic accident.

Source: The Charlotte Observer, "Man pleads guilty in wrong-way I-26 DUI death," May 15, 2012

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