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Three killed in suspected drunk driving accident in Iowa

Accidents on the roadway occur for various reasons. Furthermore, the aftermath of an accident could be as simple as a fender bender. By contrast, a negligent driver could cause a severe accident that results in damages, serious injuries and even fatalities. A drunk driving accident could result in serious consequences in addition to injuries and damages.

Police recently responded to a fatal drunk driving accident in Keystone. According to the preliminary reports, an alleged drunk driver struck the vehicle that was traveling with three people, including a 3-year-old child. The accident occurred when the suspected drunk driver failed to stop at a stop sign. This resulted in the driver colliding with the other vehicle.

When emergency crews responded to the incident, all three people in the struck vehicle were pronounced dead. One of the passengers in the vehicle of the alleged drunk driver was transported to the hospital for serious injuries. Another passenger in that vehicle was arrested and charged with preventing apprehension. The driver was arrested and charged with three counts of homicide by vehicle, preventing apprehension and operating while intoxicated.

In addition to criminal penalties, the driver could face civil liability. The loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death suit. This could allow the family members to recover compensation to cover expenses such as medical bills, funeral costs and lost wages.

An accident caused by a negligent driver does not only affect those that are directly involved but could also alter the lives of their loved ones. Coping with the death of a loved one can be a long process and could include financial burdens that are associated with the accident. Seeking compensation for their death can help victims and their families with these hardships and with the coping process.

Source: WCF Courier, "UPDATE: Three killed in alleged drunken driving accident in Benton County," Aug. 11, 2013

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