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Father of three killed in Brockton drunken-driving accident

Driving is a privilege with responsibilities that include controlling a vehicle at all times and being mindful of the safety of others on the road. For this reason, impaired and inattentive driving are prohibited by law and common sense. Alcohol and other controlled substances should never be used by anyone operating a vehicle because they can affect judgment, focus and reaction time.Unfortunately, too many drivers in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the country fail to operate by the simple and well-known instruction “never drink and drive” and others too often pay the price. A 42-year-old Brockton man recently became one such victim of a fatal accident caused by a drunken driver. According to the Brockton Police Department, the victim died after his SUV was hit broadside by a drunken driver who ran a red light around 1 a.m. The impact ejected the victim from his vehicle. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.A 25-year-old man was arrested by police and now faces charges of vehicular homicide and drunken driving. Records indicate he had been barred from drinking alcohol as a condition of probation from a previous case.Had the alleged drunken driver obeyed the guidelines and terms of his probation, the accident could easily have been avoided. Now the victim’s three children no longer have a father in their lives, and the man charged with his death will almost certainly face a prison term if he is convicted.Surviving family members of the victim can file a wrongful death suit against the alleged negligent driver. Any compensation the family might receive would at least ease some of the financial difficulties it may be going through. The family should consult an experienced lawyer to find out the types of legal action available. Source: Boston.com, “Brockton man faces OUI charge in fatal crash,” March 26, 2014

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