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Two men killed in drunk driving accident in Pennsylvania

When people die near the holidays, it can be very difficult for their families. What is supposed to be a joyous time can be filled with overwhelming grief. When a car crash is responsible for the death, it can be all the more difficult -- especially if someone else's negligence caused the accident. Unfortunately, this is the case for many Pennsylvania families this time of year.

In one recent accident in Pennsylvania, two men were killed. In this situation, a 31-year-old man was driving when he crashed into another vehicle head-on. At the time of the accident, authorities say, the man was under the influence. As a result of the head-on collision, the passenger in the man's car was killed. Furthermore, the driver of the other car was also killed at the scene.

Following this drunk driving accident, the man was criminally charged. He faces two counts of aggravated assault by vehicle while under the influence and two counts of homicide by vehicle while under the influence.

While criminal charges may help to bring a sense of justice to the families of the men killed in this accident, theses charges will do little to help them recover financially from the accident. When accidents lead to serious injuries or death, the families of the victims can be left with thousands of dollars in medical expenses, funeral expenses and lost wages. This sudden debt can leave a family crippled and unable to move forward from the accident.

However, when a negligent driver -- such as a drunk driver -- is responsible for the car accident, that person can be held civilly liable for the accident in addition to facing criminal charges. In a civil suit, victims and their families can recover their financial losses as well as for pain and suffering or loss of companionship.

Source: New Castle News, "Man charged in double-fatal car accident," Dec. 31, 2012

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