In a tragic DUI pedestrian accident, a drunk driver struck and killed a North Carolina woman as she walked in Daytona Beach Shores. Reports indicate that the accused motorist has been released on bond. According to reports, the 45-year-old victim was walking with her 21-year-old son and his wife when she was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. when the driver sped down a beach access ramp, crashed through a toll booth and ran over the victim. The driver was arrested at the scene and charged with DUI and manslaughter. The driver will also face criminal penalties for property damage caused by the accident.
In the event of a car accident that results in personal injury or wrongful death, victims and their families should take immediate action to protect their rights. While law enforcement officers and investigators can ensure that a driver is held criminally responsible, an experienced advocate will ensure that you get the compensation you need to cover your expenses and losses. Our Charlotte drunk driving accident attorneys are experienced in the investigation of cases involving DUI accidents. We will take a comprehensive approach to collect evidence, identify responsible parties, and pursue your legal rights in a civil case. Remember that you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, loss of companionship, lost wages, and any other personal losses you have endured.
According to reports, the drunk driver was arrested and released on 10% of a $12,000 bond. The victim’s husband drove from North Carolina to Florida when he heard about the tragic accident that took the life of his wife. The victim was a mother to seven children and also had four grandchildren. The husband also stated that he felt “bad” for the driver who has to live with the guilt of causing the tragedy. The victim of the DUI pedestrian collision was an aspiring photographer who was taking pictures on the beach at the time of the crash.
Though law enforcement officials will be looking to collect evidence for a criminal case, victims and their loved ones should consult with an experienced car accident or personal injury attorney to review the facts of the accident. Taking action quickly will ensure that evidence is collected and preserved for a future trial. You may be able to use photographs, witness statements video surveillance, and other evidence to prove fault in a civil matter. Though the burden of proof is lower, it will still require an independent investigation and evidence to support a personal injury claim.
Drunk driving accidents will often warrant civil damages for victims. Though some accidents can involve fault on both sides, law enforcement officers and juries will most always put the blame on the incapacitated driver. When a driver is criminally charged with DUI, that evidence can also be used in a civil matter. Victims and their families should consult with an experienced advocate who can review the case and identify responsible parties, including any negligent bartenders, restaurants, bar owners or other individuals or entities who may have been negligent in over-serving a drunk driver.
Contact the North Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.
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