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Man pleads guilty in fatal drunk driving accident in Cabell court

Surviving family members of victims killed by drunk drivers receive protections under the legal system.

In a Cabell County Circuit Court a man recently pleaded guilty to three felony charges related to a fatal drunk driving accident. The man's van crossed the center line of the roadway and killed a 52-year old woman. The man pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and causing the death of the 52-year old woman. He also pleaded guilty to a third DUI offense and a third driving with a suspended or revoked license offense. According to family members of the victim, she had just left a church even when the car collision took place.

The wrongful death of any loved one can have a tremendous impact on surviving family members. Surviving family members may find that the losses suffered following a drunk driving accident that claimed the life of loved on may extend beyond the emotional impact of the car accident to financial losses as well. Because of this, damages for financial harm, as well as paint and suffering, may be recovered through a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver.

To face liability for an accident, a driver must be negligent. This commonly is understood to mean that the driver failed to exercise due care and caused an accident, such as a car collision, that resulted in harm to the victim. Typically, a criminal charge or citation in relation to an auto accident is considered evidence of negligence, such as the charges a drunk driver might face following an accident. Wrongful death claims can be brought on behalf of the victim that was killed for the benefit of surviving family members.

Surviving family members may be able to receive compensation for damages suffered following the loss of a loved one in a drunk driving accident. This can allow families to better focus on emotionally recovering and rebuilding following an unexpected loss.

Source: Daily Journal, "W.Va. man pleads guilty to 3 felony charges in fatal drunken driving accident," Dec. 7, 2013

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