When someone chooses to drink and drive, that decision not only affects that person, but everyone he or she shares the road with. It sometimes seems like every time you turn around, you hear about another accident that involved someone driving under the influence of alcohol. Campaigns aimed at increasing the public's awareness to the problem may be making an impact in a small way, but drunk driving is still happening all too often, and the consequences can be fatal.

One man's family knows this first-hand. The Massachusetts man was riding his motorcycle when he was hit by a 38-year-old man that was drunk. Instead of stopping to help the man, the impaired driver took off and caused another accident not too far from the first. When authorities caught up to the man who left his vehicle and ran away on foot, his blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit at 0.19.

The 51-year-old motorcyclist died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the collision. Authorities charged the drunk driver with a number of charges including vehicular manslaughter. The man pled guilty to the charges recently and will spend up to 18 years in jail.

The family of the man who was killed in this horrible accident may wish to contact a lawyer to advise them on their case. They may be entitled to compensation for their loved one's death and may receive money for the funeral and medical expenses that were incurred as a result of this accident.

Source: South Coast Today, "Dartmouth man gets 15- to 18-year sentence in fatal OUI," Curt Brown, Mar. 20, 2013

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