A 64-year-old Charleston man is dead following a tragic car accident. He was stopped, waiting for a red light to change to green when he was rear ended by a drunk driver. The investigation revealed that the driver was exceeding 100 miles per hour at the time of the collision. According to witnesses, the victim’s Ford Mustang exploded into flames before the driver had a chance to escape, resulting in his death. His grieving family has decided to go forward with a wrongful death lawsuit.
According to authorities, the drunk driver at fault is John Andrew Biggs. The wrongful death suit is just one of the legal problems he currently faces. He has also been charged with a felony count of driving under the influence. If he’s found guilty, Biggs could spend the next 25 years of his life in prison.
The drunk driving accident was severe enough to put the former Kentucky resident in the hospital for treatment, after which he was transferred to the Charleston County jail for his bond hearing. Bail was denied.
Police questioned Biggs after the accident. He told them he’d had a few beers prior to getting behind the wheel. In his official police report, the officer wrote, “I continued talking to the driver and he was making no sense. I inquired as to where he was drinking and he stated something about ‘over in the kitchen.’ I asked what time was his last drink, and he stated 0530 a.m., however, it was not yet 0530 a.m.”
Biggs isn’t the only person being sued by the mourning family, they’ve also included the name of the owner of the truck Biggs was driving at the time of the accident. The family feels that the owner, Kyle Basset, must have known that Biggs was drinking when he allowed him to borrow the truck. Bassett has denied this claim, stating he was asleep when Biggs borrowed the truck. He also claims that during his five year friendship with Biggs, he never noticed the man drinking to excess.
The size of the settlement the family has requested has not been released, but court documents indicate that they have requested a jury trial. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drunk drivers were responsible for 10,076 deaths in 2013.
If someone you love was killed during a drunk driving accident, you are entitled to file a lawsuit. If you win the lawsuit, you’re entitled to receive a settlement that allows you to cover any outstanding bills that still need to be paid, including your legal bills, as well as get compensated for your pain and suffering.
If you want to press charges against a drunk driver for the wrongful death of a loved one, you’ll need the help of a car accident attorney in NYC. It’s the job of the car accident attorney in NYC to handle the investigative work involved in preparing a case against a drunk driver and to also make sure the paperwork is filed properly, and to prep you and your witnesses for the trial. Your car accident attorney in NYC handles all the details surrounding the case so you can focus on healing the emotional rift the accident has created in your life.