Drunk driver strikes and kills innocent pedestrian

Even though the following accident did not happen here in Boston, Massachusetts, it illustrates the dangers that Bostonians face every day on the crowded streets and winding roads of the city.

A man in New Hampshire was walking around the town of Hampton recently when he was struck by a car, suffering serious injuries. He was hospitalized, but eventually the 57-year-old succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the at-fault vehicle, a 29-year-old woman, was arrested after the accident on suspicion of driving under the influence — though it was not made clear what intoxicant was in the woman’s system.

The woman’s drunk driving charge has “aggravated driving: attached to it, demonstrating the extreme negligence she showed by being out on the road, let alone operating the vehicle in a reckless fashion. She will face some very serious consequences in criminal court.

However, that may not be the only legal action to come against her in the next few weeks or months. The loved ones of the deceased 57-year-old man may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the young woman for her irresponsible and negligent acts.

In the wake of a tragedy, a wrongful death lawsuit may not be the thing that mourning loved ones want to think about. However, in some cases, it can be the only way to obtain a small sense of justice over the incident. It’s not about the money — it’s about holding negligent people responsible for their actions and achieving justice for your loved one.

Source: Associated Press, “NH woman accused of DWI in fatal crash,” Oct. 16, 2013