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Man found guilty in Texas drunk driving crash

When a person is killed through another's negligence or wrongdoing, a wrongful death suit may sometimes be filed. This is similar to a personal injury lawsuit in that it is intended to compensate someone who is injured, except wrongful death proceeds typically go to the deceased's dependants. A criminal conviction for a drunk driving accident can make it easier to file a civil lawsuit later. Payment can be sought either from the responsible party's assets or insurance carrier.

Earlier this month, a 23-year-old Texas man was found guilty of charges stemming from a December car crash in which two people died and two others were seriously injured. The driver, who had a blood alcohol level of .25 at the time of his arrest, was also injured. The charges, intoxicated manslaughter and intoxicated assault, carry the possibility of jail time.

The man testified that he had been racing another car before the accident, which sent his car careening through a rock wall and then into an office building, where it burst into flames. One woman was ejected and died at the scene, while another woman, the driver's sister, was trapped in the car and also died at the scene.

When a drunk driver gets behind the wheel, he recklessly endangers the lives of not only his passengers, but everyone else on the road. The families of those killed in this collision will have the opportunity to pursue damages to cover the medical bills and final expenses of those who were lost. Though no amount of money can bring back the family members lost in this tragedy, a civil trial may be necessary to help families cope with the financial hardship that the accident may have caused.

Source: El Paso Times, "Driver guilty in West El Paso crash that killed two," Adriana M. Chavez, Oct. 3, 2012

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