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Alaska crash shows variety of incidents caused by drunk drivers

Drunk drivers don't merely crash into vehicles similar in size to those they are driving. They can also collide with other types of moving objects, including smaller vehicles that are used for recreational purposes. In Alaska, a recent accident between an SUV and a four-wheeler shows the variety of vehicular crashes that can be caused by drunk drivers.

The incident reportedly occurred quite early on a weekend morning. The SUV, driven by an adult male, ran into a four-wheeler, operated by a minor. Alaska troopers who arrived on the scene discovered that the driver of the SUV was intoxicated; he was also driving illegally due to a driver's license that had been revoked.

The juvenile driving the four-wheeler and his three juvenile passengers were all examined at the scene. Two of the minors were physically injured as a direct result of the crash; the extent of their wounds was not known at the time of this report. It has been reported, however, that the four-wheeler will require about $750 in repairs to bring it to pre-accident condition.

The male SUV driver has already been charged criminally, as regularly happens to drunk drivers. He is being held in a correctional center and is awaiting arraignment. There is no word as to whether the families of the victims who were on the four-wheeler will seek civil damages to help pay for the injuries the victims experienced.  Even if the drunk driver is imprisoned, a civil lawsuit could still be pursued to attempt to recoup medical and other direct, crash-related expenses.

Source: alaska-native-news.com, "Lower Kalskag Drunk Driver Injures Two in SUV/Four-wheeler Accident", Jan. 27, 2015

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