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Fatal Texas crash sends drunk driver to prison

On Oct. 19, a woman was sentenced to four years in prison because of a drunk-driving accident that took the life of another woman. The victim's family should have a full understanding of their legal rights to get the compensation they deserve in this wrongful death case.

The drunken driver, 29, pleaded guilty to the charge of intoxication manslaughter. The crash occurred on Oct. 6, 2011, in Texas City in the 1600 block of Texas Avenue. The woman had an argument with an ex-boyfriend, and she admitted to drinking four beers and then going for a drive after the fight.

During the drive, the Ford Expedition she was driving crossed into oncoming traffic, hit a metal streetlight pole and smashed into the victim's Chevrolet Aveo. The accident trapped the victim, 28, in the car for around half an hour. She suffered many injuries and died after being airlifted to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Authorities measured the drunken driver's blood-alcohol level at 0.28 percent, more than three times the legal limit. The woman had no criminal record and accepted responsibility for the accident, according to the defense attorney.

Fatal car crashes can devastate families. No one ever fully recovers after the sudden loss of a loved one, and the family members of deceased victims need all the help they can get. Financial struggles often accompany the emotional grief after a fatal accident, and at least there are legal remedies so that families can hold the responsible party accountable and receive the monetary compensation they deserve.

Source: The Daily News, "Drunken-driver headed to prison for fatal wreck," Chris Paschenko, Oct. 20, 2012

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