Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have devastating consequences. This is evidenced by a drunk driving accident earlier this month that resulted in the death of one woman.
The accident occurred in the Smithtown area when a New York cardiologist was driving north on East Main Street. The doctor then broadsided a car traveling west. The driver of that car was on her way to work at a nearby hospital. She died at that same hospital shortly after the accident. The woman’s family is devastated by the loss and is convinced that the doctor did not make any attempts to save the woman.
The cardiologist was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. In many motor vehicle accidents, an intoxicated driver will be liable for any injuries he or she caused. Courts will look at a variety of factors to determine whether a driver was negligent and at fault in a traffic accident, including whether the driver was disobeying traffic signs, driving above the speed limit, disregarding weather conditions and failing to signal while turning.
Drivers found to be at fault in an accident may be sued by a victim or the victim’s family and therefore required to pay for any damages caused by his or her negligence. Families who have lost a loved one in an accident may also file a wrongful death suit to recover damages. Courts will consider the age, life expectancy, earning capacity and other life circumstances when determining pecuniary, or financial, damages. Damages may cover medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of support and other expenses to help families financially recover from their tragic loss. While no amount of money will heal the wounds of those injured and their families, financial assistance can make life easier to handle during the grieving process.
Source: NBC New York, “Long Island Cardiologist Charged With DWI in Deadly Crash,” June 17, 2014