Driving while intoxicated isn't something that should ever be done. People who drink and drive put themselves, everyone in their vehicle and the occupants of other vehicles on the road in danger. A recent accident in West Baltimore shows how devastating drunk driving accidents can be.
The accident occurred a bit after 4:30 in the afternoon. A 26-year-old man was driving a vehicle when he crossed the center line and slammed into an SUV. The driver of the SUV wasn't at fault for the accident, and the man who was driving the other vehicle is said to have been impaired.
The force of the crash threw an 11-year-old girl from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Three other children were injured in the accident and were listed in critical condition. A 35-year-old passenger in the alleged drunk driver's vehicle was also injured. He left the hospital before he was discharged.
As for the alleged drunk driver, he was taken into custody by the police. He didn't have a valid driver's license at the time of the accident. Criminal charges will be filed against him in connection with the accident. That, however, won't bring back the girl who died or take away the injuries of the other children.
For families who have been affected by a drunk driving accident, taking a stand is often desirable. One option that they can exercise is seeking compensation from the drunk driver. This can be done even if there are criminal charges filed against the driver. Knowing how to get the case together can help you to get the process started.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "11-year-old girl killed, three other children critically injured in West Baltimore crash," Matthew Hay Brown and Yvonne Wenger, Sep. 25, 2016