Friedman, Hirschen & Miller, LLP

Despite the obvious dangers of driving drunk, some people still make the poor choice to get in a car and drive after drinking too much. This choice does not just put the driver in danger. It poses a risk to others in or near the roadway. A New York woman was recently arrested after causing a drunk driving accident involving three cars in which one woman lost her life.

The 26-year-old woman had been at a wine tasting with some of her friends before deciding to try to drive herself home instead of taking a taxi. When she approached a curve in the road, she apparently lost control of her vehicle. Her vehicle went off the road, over some railroad tracks and ended up on a completely different road. There, her vehicle ran into two different cars.

One of the cars was driven by a 63-year-old elementary school bus driver, who was critically injured. Her 55-year-old passenger -- who was also her sister -- lost her life in the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver in the third car suffered minor injuries. The driver suspected of causing the accident was charged with vehicular manslaughter and DWI.

The families of the two sisters are surely devastated after hearing about the fatal drunk driving accident. The sister who was critically injured may elect to file a personal injury claim. Additionally, the family of the sister who lost her life might choose to file a New York wrongful death suit against the drunk driver. While the suit cannot bring their loved one back, a successful suit may provide them with financial relief for damages sustained as well as provide them with some sense of justice having been done.

Source: whec.com, "Woman charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter following deadly crash in Himrod, Yates County", Rachel Spotts, July 17, 2014