On Monday, a driver responsible for causing a drunk driving crash that resulted in the death of an infant received a 25-year prison sentence. In March of 2014, James O'Bannon was operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol in Louisville, Kentucky when he ran a red light and collided with a minivan. The accident happened near the intersection of 18th and Cedar and the impact of the collision caused the van to strike a utility pole ejecting 5-month-old twins. One of the infants was killed in the accident. O’Bannon is a repeat DUI offender and has been found guilty of murder, driving on a suspended license, endangerment, and assault.
Today an average of 28 people were killed in drunk driving accidents. In fact, Mothers Against Drunk Driving estimate that every day 28 people are killed in accidents caused by drunk drivers. While the statistics and education regarding the severity of driving while intoxicated exist, many individuals ignore the risk and continue to operate their vehicles while intoxicated. Negligent driving is one of the most common causes of auto accidents, and drunk driving is the most negligent form. Individuals that lose loved ones face a lifetime of heartache and will likely face a stressful financial situation due to medical bills, funeral expenses, and loss of economic support. The victims' family may be entitled to recover the compensation for those damages by contacting an experienced DUI accident attorney.
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