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Rhode Island driver arrested after passenger dies in car accident

Karns & Kerrison

Losing a loved one in an auto crash is usually very traumatic. When such an accident happens due to the alleged drunk driving of another person, the family of the deceased is even more traumatized. On a recent Friday evening, one person lost his life in such a car accident.

Police received a 911 call at 7:39 p.m. reporting an accident in Rhode Island along Hillsdale Road, Richmond. Upon arrival, police found a pickup truck that had rolled over. After an investigation, it was revealed that the 20-year-old male driver was southbound at the time and had lost control of his vehicle. There were two passengers in the vehicle when the accident happened. Police found that the driver and a 20-year-old female passenger had freed themselves.

The second passenger, a 20-year-old male, was pinned underneath the pickup truck and appeared unresponsive. Police reported that this man was later declared deceased at the scene of the accident. The female passenger had sustained only minor injuries for which she received treatment at a county hospital. After the accident, the driver of the vehicle volunteered to have blood tests done at the hospital. He was then arrested and charged with DUI resulting in death and was held at a correctional institute on $100,000 bail.

Victims of such accidents, where the driver is alleged to be responsible for the death and injuries of the passengers in his vehicle, retain the right to file claims of wrongful death and personal injury in a Rhode Island court. In claims like this, it has to be proved that negligence may have caused or significantly contributed to the injuries and death of the passengers. In a successfully litigated case, compensation may be awarded to the victims and families of those who lost their lives. This restitution may help ease the financial burdens caused by the tragic car accident.

Source: Providence Journal, Richmond police identify North Kingstown victim of fatal accident, charge driver with DUI, No author, Nov. 23, 2013

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