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Man receives jail time for fatal drunk driving accident

After pleading guilty to charges for drunk driving, a man was sentenced to jail time for a fatal accident in Las Vegas. The man will serve anywhere from eight to 20 years behind bars in a Nevada prison for the accident that claimed the life of two individuals. At the time of the drunk driving accident, the driver fled the scene of the incident but was later apprehended by law enforcement.

According to the police report from Nevada law enforcement, the man had been drinking in the time preceding the accident. He hit a truck, causing the truck to flip. The two occupants were killed when the truck hit a tree. The man will receive credit for having already served one year of jail time while waiting for trial.

Drunk driving accidents are completely preventable and intoxicated driving is a crime in every state. This man will face the consequences of the criminal charges and could also be financially liable for the accident. The families of both of the deceased individuals may filed a wrongful death suit against the man for any damages they have incurred. A civil suit is separate from the criminal case, but his guilty plea and the evidence against him could validate any claims made by the family.

An unexpected car accident can leave a family with medical bills and other expenses. These costs can accumulate quickly and overwhelm those left behind after a fatal drunk driving accident. Seeking financial compensation is a valid way to recoup some of the losses sustained in an unfortunate event.

Source: Las Vegas Sun News, "Man gets 8 years for DUI crash that killed 2 in Las Vegas", , Aug. 19, 2014

Source: Las Vegas Sun News, "Man gets 8 years for DUI crash that killed 2 in Las Vegas", , Aug. 19, 2014

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