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Justice is questioned after fatal drunk driving accident

The criminal justice system can be very confusing and frustrating for anyone not familiar with the process. Previous criminal cases, laws and collected evidence in every case can affect how charges are or are not handled. One Maryland family is grieving the loss of three children and are upset that the driver assumed to be responsible for their deaths has not been criminally charged for the drunk driving accident in which he was involved.

Reportedly, two parents and their three children were stopped at a light when a 27-year-old male driver crashed into the vehicle. The male driver was driving a pickup truck and allegedly did not attempt to stop. The pickup truck crashed into the rear of the sedan and came to a stop on top of the back of the vehicle. Sadly, the children suffered serious injuries and died.

Although evidence suggests that the male driver was drunk and responsible for the accident, he is not in jail, and he has not been officially charged in the accident. Understandably, the family is upset about the lack of charges and that the man maintains a restricted license to drive to work and home. Authorities explain that it often takes weeks to gather pertinent information such as toxicology reports and accident reconstruction. In order to charge an individual with the correct charges in a case, prosecutors may delay official charges until all the evidence is collected.

Maryland personal injury attorneys understand how frustrating the criminal justice system may be for the families of deceased victims. Those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident may find closure by filing a lawsuit in civil court. In addition, some victims and families of deceased victims may be awarded compensation to assist with the medical and/or burial expenses that result from a crash.

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