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Drunk driving accident injures 1 passenger in Alaska

Serious car accidents can be tragic enough if injuries occur, but if the accident occurs for an avoidable reason like drunk driving, the victims can be left with emotional wounds as well. Emotional injury can impact an individual’s life for an extended period of time and even inhibit the victim’s ability to heal his or her physical injuries. Unfortunately, one recent drunk driving accident in Alaska seriously injured one man.

The accident took place on the afternoon of July 23 just before 5 p.m. and involved one motor vehicle. Initial investigations showed police that the driver of the vehicle had struck a guard rail, which ejected her passenger from the vehicle. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene of the accident and quickly transported the passenger to the hospital with serious injuries.

The driver suffered minor injuries, but she was released into police custody soon after arriving at the hospital. The current condition of the passenger is unknown at this time. Alaska police arrested the driver, as they suspected that the accident was caused by her driving while intoxicated. A dog was in the vehicle at the time of the accident but did not suffer any injuries.

Depending on the final outcome of the investigation, the victim of the drunk driving accident may have the right to seek monetary compensation for his injuries. Compensation could be used to pay for any of the man’s medical bills and give him a sense of justice for the accident. This could ease any emotional wounds from the accident and allow the man to focus on his physical injuries.

Source: Alaska Native News, "Juneau Woman Jailed for DUI after Injury Accident on Parks", , July 24, 2014

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