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Drunk driver violates biker's right of way, causes fatal crash

When someone causes a fatal crash, many Reading families don't know what to do. Of course, they are devastate to learn that a loved one has died, but many don't realize that they can take that devastation and try to find a sense of closure by holding the other driver liable, There is the criminal route, pressing the prosecutors to charge the other driver, but there is also the civil system.

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit will not bring someone back, but for some families, it does provide that sense of closure. It gives them a platform to force the other driver to confront what he or she has done. Moreover, it forces the driver to pay for his or her negligence.

Whether the family of a 24-year-old motorcyclist will file a wrongful death lawsuit following a fatal motorcycle crash in Chester County is unknown. The driver responsible for their loved one's death, however, has pled guilty to a host of criminal charges. He will spend the next eight to 17 years in prison.

The accident happened over a year ago in Westtown Township. The driver, whose blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit, failed to yield to the biker. The young man was traveling through the intersection when the driver started to turn left into oncoming traffic. Sadly, he smashed into the biker.

What makes this tragic crash even more infuriating is that the driver has been arrested for and convicted of drunk driving seven times prior to the fatal accident.

Source: NBC 10, "Man With 8 DUIs Sentenced for Fatal Crash," Dan Stamm and David Chang, May 7, 2014

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