Drunk driving can lead to serious accidents. When an accident occurs that is caused by a driver who is allegedly drunk, criminal charges can be filed. In those cases, the driver who was allegedly drunk has the right to present a defense against the charges in an effort to clear his or her name or seek a favorable outcome. A recent accident in New York shows just how complex some cases involving allegedly drunk drivers can be.
The fatal accident occurred when the driver of a Nissan Altima was trying to make a left turn from Eastern Parkway onto Troy Avenue. As the Altima was in the midst of the turn, it was hit by a Chevy Camaro.
The back portion of the Altima was torn off, while the Camaro slammed into parked cars in the area. A 32-year-old woman who was a passenger in one of the vehicles was killed in the accident, but her cause of death is unknown at this time. It is clear, however, that she suffered head injuries either from being thrown from the vehicle or from being thrown around inside the car during the accident.
Both drivers in this accident are facing drunk driving charges and vehicular manslaughter charges. One of them was also charged with driving on a suspended license. Both of these drivers now have to try to fight to clear their names. Those who are facing drunk driving charges have to determine how to best present their defense in a way that might protect their reputation and help them to minimize the consequences of those charges.
Source: New York Daily News, "Drunken crash kills woman on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn" Dale Eisinger and Joseph Stepansky, Aug. 17, 2014