When you think of who is to blame for a deadly accident, you typically assume it is either the driver who died or the driver of another car. However, the blame can also fall on a driver if a passenger in their car passes away. The driver has a duty to be safe and keep their passengers from harm.
An example of one of these accidents recently occurred in Hauppauge on Long Island. A chiropractor from Suffolk County was allegedly intoxicated behind the wheel. Around 3:00 a.m. on Sept. 24, he reportedly left his lane and slammed into a parked car. His vehicle then came to a stop.
Though the 45-year-old driver survived, his 40-year-old passenger, another man, was gravely injured. Emergency crews rushed the younger man to the hospital, where he was declared dead.
The crash happened on Terry Road. Nearby residents said that the impact was so devastating that the noise woke them up.
The man who was behind the wheel is now facing charges for reckless endangerment and driving under the influence. Although local reporters tried to get in touch with him, he did not answer his home phone. They did, however, speak to employees at the practice that he owns. They praised the doctor as they knew him in a professional setting, though they were distraught about what had happened.
Have you lost a loved one or suffered serious injuries because of a drunk driver? Regardless of the consequences that the person faces in criminal court, you may be able to seek financial compensation via a civil action to help cover your expenses.