Fox 41 reported that a family’s van was struck by an alleged drunk driver while traveling on Highway U.S. 31 in Alabama. An 8-year old child dies as a result of the accident involving an alleged drunk driver. The mother suffered several broken ribs and a head injury, while the father was hospitalized in a coma for several days.
After the occurrence, the negligent driver of the other vehicle was charged with DUI, manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and four counts of 1st degree assault. In addition, the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver for their irreversible brain injuries and the death of their daughter.
Many drivers do not recognize the ramifications of drinking a few drinks socially and then getting into a motor vehicle. According to MADD, one person dies every 50 minutes as a result of a drunk driving accident. However, these actions have serious consequences including brain injury or death. This tragic incident will hopefully remind this community the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
The family has sued the driver of the other vehicle because as a result of the incident, the parents suffered head injuries. Victims of head trauma may suffer further personal injury so it is essential for victims of head injury to be extra cautious.
Our Chicago brain injury attorneys recognize the serious emotional and physical effects of a head injury. We encourage everyone to be cautious before driving a motor vehicle. If you know of a victim who has suffered a head injury as a result of a drunk driver, please contact a personal injury attorney to seek redress.