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Alaska driver charged for involvement in drunk driving accident

Drunk driving crashes can be tragic enough when two standard vehicles are involved, but when a motorcycle is involved in the collision, the severity can increase dramatically. Motorcycles do not offer the protection that a full-sized car does, nor are they as visible as a standard-sized automobile. This combined with the lowered awareness of an intoxicated individual can create catastrophic accidents that leave the rider with serious or even fatal injuries. One man in Alaska is now being formally charged for his alleged involvement in a drunk driving accident.

The original accident took place on April 5 just after 10 p.m. after the driver of the vehicle had been reportedly drinking. Investigations showed that the driver attempted to make a left turn, but struck the rider of the motorcycle. Once police officers arrived on the scene, they attempted to perform emergency procedures on the victim.

The officers used the help of bystanders to lift the vehicle and pull the rider out. They then proceeded to perform CPR, but were unable to save the man’s life. The driver of the vehicle did not immediately consent to a blood test, but when Alaska police were able to obtain one, they claimed they found that he tested at double the legal limit.

Regardless of whether the driver is found guilty for his involvement in the drunk driving accident in a criminal court, the family of the victim may have the right to seek monetary compensation for their loss. Compensation could be used to pay for the victim’s final expenses. This would allow the family to focus on coming to terms with their loss and not worrying about how to pay for an unexpected funeral.

Source: Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, "Driver in April crash charged", Andrew Wellner, May 14, 2014

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