Recently, a tragic accident occurred on route 17 in Gloucester, in which a 46-year-old father was killed as a result of the injuries he sustained. His teenage daughter who was severely injured currently remains in the hospital.
A 40-year-old Gloucester man was found to be at fault for the drunk driving accident. It is alleged that he was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident and his blood tests now reveal positive results for cocaine, opiates and marijuana.
As a result of this fatal crash, the man has now been criminally charged with involuntary manslaughter. Reportedly, he expressed sorrow and sympathy for the accident victims involved when he appeared in court. However, the accident occurred just seven months after he had completed probation for a previous drug conviction.
Although no amount of money will ever fully rectify the deep loss that these accident victims have suffered, they can certainly pursue damages in civil court for this tragedy. The immediate family members of the father who lost his life can file a wrongful death suit against the liable driver.
Individuals that are successful in their filing of a wrongful death suit may be entitled to compensation which includes recovery for loss of future earnings, loss of companionship, reimbursement of medical and funeral expenses and even punitive damages due to the fact that the accident involved a driver that was under the influence of alcohol and other illegal substances. His daughter may also be able to recover damages such as payment for past medical expenses, payment for ongoing medical care, payment for lost earnings, pain and suffering and lost enjoyment of life.
Source: DailyPres.com, "Drugs, Alcohol, cited in fatal Gloucester wreck," Matt Sabo, Nov. 7, 2012