Maine drivers who choose to take the risk of driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs are putting themselves at risk of significant criminal liability in the event of a harmful accident. When a drunk driver causes an accident that results in serious injury or death, they can be subject to felony assault, manslaughter, or even homicide charges. An alleged drunk driver who caused a tragic head-on collision that caused the death of a beloved mother of two in August was arrested and charged with felony manslaughter based on the accident.
According to a local news report discussing the accident and the criminal charges filed against the other driver, the deceased woman was driving her Scion XA vehicle in Sanford at around 7:30 AM on an August morning when the driver of a Jeep Wrangler struck her head-on. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, and the other driver was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. After an investigation of the crash was completed, the driver of the Jeep Wrangler was charged with manslaughter based on the alcohol concentration in his blood at the time of the crash. The crime of Manslaughter in Maine is a Class A felony, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
The family of the deceased woman may be able to receive some compensation for their losses as part of the criminal case, as the state will generally seek restitution for the victims of such crimes. In addition to the criminal restitution to which the woman’s family may be entitled, a wrongful death case can also be filed on their behalf in civil court. Because of the procedural differences between civil and criminal cases in Maine, it is generally easier for an accident victim to receive compensation through a civil case rather than by criminal restitution. Seeking a civil damages claim will not prevent a victim from receiving criminal restitution, although victims are not entitled to be compensated twice for the same damages or expense.
How to Find a Maine DUI Accident Attorney to Make Your Case for Damages
If you or someone close to you was hurt or killed in a Maine car accident caused by a drunk or otherwise intoxicated driver, you are probably entitled to compensation for your loss. Drunk drivers recklessly risk the lives of everyone on the road, and holding them accountable helps discourage this behavior and keep Maine roads safe. The experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Peter Thompson & Associates take pride in representing Maine DUI accident victims and fighting to win them all of the compensation that they deserve. If you’re an accident victim, call us and see how we can help. For a free, no-obligation consultation with a Maine DUI accident attorney, call us today at 1-800-804-2004.