Every driver probably recognizes the inherent dangers on the roadways. Experience behind the wheel is helpful in avoiding certain hazardous situations, but no amount of experience can avoid every type of accident. This is especially the case where drunk driving accidents are concerned, because it isn't easy to tell who is driving impaired, so there aren't many ways to actively avoid these types of accidents. Oftentimes drunk driving accidents cause seriously bodily injury, or they are deadly in nature, which makes this one of the worst types of vehicular accidents.
According to a recent report, a Pennsylvania teen was killed at the hands of a drunk driver. The police reports indicate that the teen was walking home with about three other friends on the side of the road when a car driven by an older gentleman struck him. The young man who took the brunt of the accident was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead. Another individual was taken to the hospital as well, but was later released with only minor injuries. Authorities did determine that the driver was drunk when the accident happened.
When a death occurs as a result of a drunk driving accident, there is nothing that will ease the pain of losing a loved one. The courts try to assist in alleviating some of the financial burden associated with having to deal with the aftermath of a drunk driving accident by awarding damages where appropriate to compensate the victim or the family of the victim for lost wages and medical expenses. But still, drunk driving accidents are difficult to handle no matter the circumstances
Source: 6 ABC Action News, "TEEN STRUCK AND KILLED IN WILMINGTON, DRIVER IN CUSTODY," Oct. 12, 2014