riving is a major responsibility. Even though getting behind the wheel is something many people do every day, motorists must never forget about the necessity to drive with caution and care. The unfortunate reality is that drivers frequently fail to meet this obligation and people suffer as a result.
A Pennsylvania man was recently sentenced in criminal court for his decision to drink and drive. This error in judgment severely injured two pedestrians in a late-night accident. According to reports, the 61-year-old driver ran a stoplight and collided with two men in the road. It wasn't until three hours later that the man finally contacted police because he thought he hit a dog.
Although police were unable to conduct toxicology tests, because too much time had passed between the pedestrian accident and response from authorities, they discovered that the man had two drinks at a bar that evening. Within 30 minutes of leaving the bar, the crash occurred.
One of the pedestrians suffered two broken legs and a knee dislocation as a result of the accident. At the same time, the other man sustained a broken finger and serious lacerations to his head. Fortunately, the both men survived, but the accident could have been prevented.
Even though criminal proceedings have concluded in this case, there could be additional legal action. Specifically, there is potential for personal injury claims to be filed in civil court. Through this type of lawsuit, victims can recover the losses incurred in the wake of the accident, including medical bills and lost wages. It's important to remember that civil and criminal proceedings are separate, and the outcome of one case won't necessarily affect the other.