A Cullman man has been charged with murder and various other charges stemming from a December 17, 2010, car wreck on Highway 31. According to an article by Trent Moore of the Cullman Times, Kenneth Burns struck a vehicle that was occupied by a couple and their young daughter. Sadly, the child died from her injuries while her parents were severely injured in the wreck. Burns was found to have been driving under the influence (DUI) at the time of the wreck. The family has filed a personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit against Burns.
As Alabama Car wreck attorneys, we sadly see this situation far too often. In 2009, there were 6,671 crashes in Alabama where the driver was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. In 2009, 290 people lost their lives in Alabama in alcohol and drug related crashes. I currently have two car accident cases where the at fault driver was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) at the time of the wreck. This problem of drinking and driving can be prevented. If you are going to drink, please have a designated driver or take cab. When you drink and drive you not only put your life at risk, but you put the lives of everyone else on the highway at risk.
For more information on DUI accidents, please see our Alabama DUI Car Accidents page.