Drunk driving has always been at the top of the list as a factor in vehicular accidents. Compromising the safety of others on the road by driving while intoxicated is a grave risk, especially where roads are always busy.
An hour north of New York City, in Lloyd, New York, a drunk driving accident claimed the life of a motorcyclist. At approximately 10 p.m. on May 2, a car going north in the southbound lane of Route 9W struck an oncoming motorcycle driven by a 41-year-old man. The 26-year-old driver had been driving without his headlights on, but did turn them on when the accident happened. Mobile Life Support Services took the motorcycle driver to a local hospital, where he died of internal injuries. The reckless man is facing charges that include vehicular manslaughter, drunk driving and driving without a license. He is in police custody, and his bail bond is set at $50,000.
Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable to physical harm in an accident than vehicular drivers. Bikers are not encased as drivers are in their cars. Also, the size of a bike makes it hard to spot. In addition, driving while intoxicated and without headlights, as in this case, make an accident all too likely to happen.
The driver in this case might have avoided the accident had he not been so reckless. Instead, by getting behind the wheel, while under the influence and violating the traffic rules, he caused someone's death and devastated a family.
Amid the emotions that run high in the aftermath of such an accident, the resulting injuries or death can hit hard at the survivors' finances. The family of the victim needs to understand they do have options. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit in order to claim much needed compensation can be an important step in the recovery process.
Source: Daily Freeman, "Poughkeepsie Driver Held in Death of Wallkill Motorcyclist," May 3, 2013