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Woman gets prison sentence for causing fatal crash while drunk

Fatal car accidents in Denver happen from time to time. Negligence resulting from bad choices that drivers make can be a common cause. Drunk driving accidents, which are often entirely preventable, can change a person's life forever.

A 28-year-old woman was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing another driver while driving drunk last August. The woman drove on Interstate 25 in the wrong direction and collided head on with another car. The driver of the other car was seriously injured and the passenger was killed. She pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and vehicular homicide and was facing up to 36 years in prison.

Drunk driving causes thousands of accidents each year across the United States. These accidents are entirely preventable, and are caused solely because of the bad decision made by the driver to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. When a loved one is killed because of a drunk driver, families can be devastated. The unexpected loss can result in medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of wages, and other expenses that were not anticipated. A legal professional skilled in personal injury can help these grieving families recover compensation for their tremendous loss. An attorney can investigate the accident scene, consult with witnesses, and determine what caused the accident and who is at fault. Holding the negligent party accountable for his or her actions is important in making sure he or she never harm another person.

Drunk driving changes so many families in the matter of an instant. This careless act causes thousands of deaths each year, with another person being killed every 51 minutes, according to MADD. Holding drunk drivers accountable for their negligence can help in raising the public's awareness of this completely avoidable situation and hopefully help to eliminate drunk driving all together.

Source: Denver Post, "Woman gets 10 years for causing fatal crash driving in wrong direction", May 23, 2014

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