Sometimes who you choose as a friend turns out to be the wrong choice. This case is particularly disturbing, as a drunk driver killed his friend and father of three, by running a red light. Drinking and driving isn’t a smart thing to do and the consequences here speak for themselves. But for the fact the man was drunk and blew a red light, the dad to three young kids would still be alive today.
This car accident happened last year and it’s taken a while to come forward in court. The facts of the case are that the 38-year-old driver, who had been drinking heavily prior to the accident, ran the red light and slammed into another car. The driver did not have a license and was also on probation for various drug convictions. The 36-year-old father of three was dead on impact.
When the police arrived at the scene, they arrested the driver on the spot and took him to jail. He eventually entered a no contest plea to driving while under the influence and causing a death. The driver was sentenced to ten years, with the condition he serve seven of those ten years, outlined the observer. This was a smart plea bargain on the part of the AG’s office. It would get the man off the streets for seven years.
While it would not bring back the dead dad, it would give his family some sense of comfort to know that justice had been served. Whether or not they choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit later, will be a personal decision based on what would be best for the family. Certainly, they will have some financial concerns with the loss of their loved one. Courts in Long island and Manhattan would come to the same conclusion.
If you are in a situation similar to this, you will want to ask a New York Injury Attorney what your rights are, how to move forward and claim compensation and what you may expect in terms of damages. Cases like this are not ones that people can handle pro se. They definitely need the effective and skilled legal representation of a NY Injury Attorney. It’s the only way to get the justice you truly deserve and a fair and equitable settlement or jury verdict.