It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, if you venture out onto a Pennsylvania roadway, you’ll likely be sharing the road with intoxicated drivers. Getting hit, seriously injured or killed by a drunk driver is a risk that everybody takes when they get on the road.
Although police in Pennsylvania are doing everything they can to enforce our state’s strict DUI laws, it seems that there’s only so much they can do.
Perhaps a mother was simply driving her children to school on a Monday morning, and a drunk driver struck her vehicle. Or, maybe a child was riding to the local convenience store on his bicycle when he was hit by a drunk driver. Nearly every day, we hear another story of someone who lost his or her life at the hands of an irresponsible intoxicated driver.
Recent DUI crash highlights dangers
A recent DUI-related accident highlights the dangers of drunk driving in Pennsylvania. A 22-year-old driver who was allegedly drunk drove his van into a car on a recent Sunday afternoon, causing four individuals to require hospital care.
According to police, the man admits to going too quickly into a turn and losing control of his van at approximately 5:30 p.m. Police, however, noted the smell of alcohol on the young man’s breath. Also, police allege that the man hid two bottles that contained alcohol in some bushes not far down the street from the crash site.
Allegedly, the driver refused to submit to a breath alcohol test. Also, police referenced several vulgar and insubordinate acts that the man performed while he was being held in jail.
The four victims who required hospital care were fortunate to survive the ordeal. The extent of their injuries has not been revealed, but they will likely incur stiff medical expenses for the costs associated with their emergency medical care.
DUI accident victims might seek financial compensation in court
People hurt in DUI accidents may be able to hold the at-fault driver financially accountable in civil court for the damages associated with their injuries. These damages may include the cost of medical care, compensation for pain and suffering, lost income and more.
While pursuing their DUI accident claims, victims can use police evidence and evidence from criminal court convictions to bolster and support their arguments to receive compensation.