All too often, people drink alcohol and then make the decision to get behind the wheel. Not only can this result in serious charges if authorities catch a motorist who has been drinking, drunk drivers may also cause car accidents due to their impairment. When that happens, it is not only the drunk driver who may suffer the consequences of their decision.

A recent accident in Meriden has left a young family devastated. According to reports, a man and woman were driving with their two young children, an eight-year-old boy and five-year-old girl, and the woman’s 12-year-old son, when an allegedly alcohol-impaired driver hit their vehicle while they were stopped at a red light. The older boy reportedly suffered serious injuries and was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit. The man and woman were also injured. Both of the younger children were killed.

Law enforcement officers reported the other vehicle’s driver had a blood alcohol level that was well above the legal limit for driving at the time of the auto accident. In addition to the list of criminal charges the man is now facing, including second-degree vehicular manslaughter, the family could also choose to take legal action against him. These types of civil lawsuits often seek financial compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs and other damages.

If you have been injured, or have lost a loved one, in a drunk driving accident, you too could have legal recourse. An attorney can explain your options and help you to determine how best to proceed in your situation. A lawyer will also be able to answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have.

Source: NBC Connecticut, “Suspect in Fatal Meriden Crash Was 3 Times Over Legal Limit: Cops,” Nov. 8, 2013

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