Tragedy knows no economic status. It has been reported today that a Major League pitcher, Nick Adenhart, has been killed by a drunk driver. See CNN’s report. Adenhart pitched for the Los Angeles Angels just prior to the accident which was his fourth Major League start.
Unfortunately, while such a death is tragic, it is an event which occurs regularly in every State. When it happens to a professional athlete, it brings attention to the subject. However, the occurrence is much more prevalent with everyday individuals.
We have handled numerous drunk driving accidents over the years, and they are always very difficult. One involved a twenty-year old individual who lost a leg. One, which we are handling right now, involves the death a man who had three minor children.
All of these accidents and tragedies are preventable. Clearly, these activities are illegal and subject to criminal penalty, but there are also civil remedies available. I will discuss these remedies in Part 2 of this series.