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Man killed in fatal drunk driving accident in Iowa

The loss of a loved one is a difficult event for Iowans to go through. Whether it is due to old age, an illness or an accident, coping with a loved one's death can be challenging. When a loved one is killed in an accident caused by the negligence of another, family and friends naturally have many questions they want answered such as how and why.

Take, for example, a recent fatal drunk driving accident that occurred in Davenport. It was a single-car crash that left one passenger, a 47-year-old man, dead.

According to authorities, the driver of the car, a 22-year-old man, supposedly fled the scene, but was later apprehended and taken into custody. The man faces several charges such as operating while intoxicated, homicide by vehicle, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and other related charges.

In addition to facing criminal penalties, the driver could endure civil liabilities. The loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death claim against the drunk driver, which could result in compensation. Though a hollow trade, that money could be an important means for covering expenses associated with the accident, including hospital bills, funeral costs and more.

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is an emotional time. Understanding why it happened is often challenging, but further investigation and understanding whether they have a cause of action, friends and family member might be able to obtain closure. Iowans may benefit from speaking with an experienced attorney during this process.

Source: SF Gate, "Man suspected of fleeing fatal Iowa crash arrested," Dec. 21, 2013

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