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Report indicates driver was drunk in wrong-way crash

When a loved one dies in an accident, the family and friends of the deceased seek to have some questions answered. Specifically, they want to understand how the accident occurred and why the victim died. In answering these questions, the family members might at least be able to better cope with their loss. Furthermore, if the asnwers to the family's questions reveal that a driver is liable fpr a fatal accident, the loved ones might have a cause of action for wrongful death.

The ongoing investigation by the Iowa State Patrol of a fatal wrong-way Interstate 80 accident that occurred earlier this summer recently revealed new evidence. The toxicology report indicated that the driver was intoxicated and that her blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit at the time of the accident.

In early June, a 24-year-old female driver was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 in a westbound lane. This resulted in the deadly head-on collision with another vehicle driven by a 20-year-old female. When authorities arrived at the scene, the wrong-way driver was pronounced dead, and the other driver died 10 days later from the injuries she suffered.

The new information about the 24-year-old's BAC level indicates that not only was the driver that caused the accident negligent but was also intoxicated. If the loved ones of the other deceased driver filed a wrongful death claim against the estate of the wrong-way driver, this information could be used in that lawsuit. The claim would help the family recover compensation in order to cover the costs associated with the fatal accident. Expenses often covered include medical bills, funeral costs, damages and pain and suffering.

Following a drunk driving accident, numerous people can be affected. The loss of a loved one on account of a negligent driver can be a difficult event to cope with, especially when it results in financial hardships. Filing a claim in order to gain compensation can help offset these costs and could ultimately help with the coping process.

Source: WHOtv, "Wrong way: driver in fatal crash was drunk," Sept. 6, 2013

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