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Woman charged with DUI after car accident in Alaska

The legal drinking age was put into place by each state to help keep the roads that wind their way through the United States safe. The few years after a new driver acquires his or her license can be the most dangerous, as young drivers are not as familiar with driving as their older counterparts. The enforced drinking age helps to take the temptation of drinking and driving from minors, but when this law is not followed, it can have tragic consequences. Unfortunately, one car accident in Alaska may have been the result of an under-age drinker getting behind the wheel.

The accident took place on Feb. 16 when the suspected drunk driver collided head on with another vehicle after already having hit three other vehicles. The driver supposedly passed an Alaska state trooper who had to swerve to avoid her before hitting the other vehicle head on. After the accident took place, the driver of the other vehicle, a 71-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital for her injuries.

The current condition of the injured victim is not known at this time. It is unknown if any other victims were injured in the accident, though the 71-year-old was the only one reportedly taken to the hospital. The driver who caused the accident was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and other charges.

Regardless of whether or not the woman is found guilty for the charges that were brought against her, the Alaska native who was injured in the car accident may have the right to seek monetary compensation. Compensation could be used by the victim to pay for any medical bills resulting from the accident. Receiving compensation could allow the victim to concentrate on healing instead of unexpected bills.

Source: KTUU, Underage Drunk Driver Crash Sends 71-year-old Soldotna Woman to Hospital, Matthew Smith, Feb. 17, 2014

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