As readers know, tragedy recently struck an Oklahoma State University parade as a driver plowed through the parade route, leaving many injured or killed. As the case against the driver continues to unfold, it has been learned that the driver was not actually drunk according to the legal definition. The woman had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of less than .08 percent at the time of the fatal car crash.
After the accident, the driver was taken to a hospital where she was required to submit to a blood test. Her blood alcohol content was found to be .01 percent. At this point, she is charged with four counts of second degree murder. The 25-year-old driver was also charged with 46 counts of assault and battery with means likely to produce death.
The impact of the fatal crash will be felt for years to come. Those injured will face expenses and other costs associated with recovery. The grieving families will face the emotional losses for the rest of their lives. These victims have the right to pursue a full and fair monetary recovery, even though the driver was not intoxicated. Drivers can be held accountable for the damages caused by reckless or negligent driving.
The aftermath of a fatal car crash will linger for years. It is often difficult to accurately place a monetary value on accident-related losses, but an experienced Oklahoma lawyer can help determine an accurate value of a wrongful death or personal injury clam. Victims, including the surviving families of deceased victims, can protect their rights by seeking help in order to gain an understanding of the legal protections available to them. They typically benefit from a complete case evaluation with an experienced attorney.
Source: wfaa.com, "OSU homecoming crash suspect's blood alcohol below threshold", Nov.21, 2015