Being involved in a drunk driving accident can have devastating impacts both physically and psychologically which can be both be difficult to get over. The aftermath of an accident of this type takes its toll on those involved in the accident as well as the family members of the victims. Drunk driving accidents are different than other accidents in that the police investigation that follows will likely lead to the person who is the cause of the accident being criminally charged.

In Bensalem, Pennsylvania, there was a car crash, which caused one man to be seriously injured. The driver that caused the accident was driving a Toyota truck when he struck another vehicle. When the police arrived at the scene and investigated the accident they found that the driver of the truck was driving under the influence of alcohol. Apparently his blood alcohol level was 0.17; almost double the legal limit in Pennsylvania. The victim in the accident had to go to the hospital for his injuries.

The courts involvement in drunk driving accidents depends on the charges that are brought by authorities. The courts take accidents caused by drunk drivers very seriously and the laws and statutes on this matter are pretty well defined. Driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence are offenses that are punishable under the law. Punishment for being charged with drunk driving can range from severe fines to jail time. The nature and circumstances surrounding the accident will dictate how the courts proceed.

Drunk driving accidents have a grave impact on those involved. Those individuals who drive drunk are negligently putting the lives of others at risk. As such, victims of drunk driving accidents and their families need to know their rights in an accident of this degree.

Source: PhillyBurbs.com, “Bensalem man charged in DUI accident that injured man,” Jo Ciavaglia, Oct. 15, 2013