Motorists have the responsibility and obligation to drive safely. One wrong move or momentary distraction could result in serious injuries or even death to the driver and people nearby. When someone decides to drink and drive, the results can be disastrous. While Americans are exposed to advertisements, public service announcements, and taught about the dangers of drunk driving in school, thousands still act recklessly and permanently alter the lives of innocent motorists.

One motorist’s life will never be the same after an intoxicated teenager drove the wrong way on Interstate 29 in April and hit the vehicle she was in. The pregnant victim was seriously injured and doctors were forced to deliver her child early, but it died soon after. She was one of 23 victims in five cars the teenager struck just after midnight in Platte City.

According to KMBC, the 18 year-old drunk driver had a blood alcohol level of 0.197, more than double the legal limit for drinking-age adults, and tested positive for drugs. He has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of the newborn and eight counts of assault. The teen faces up to 15 years in prison for manslaughter and seven additional years for each assault charge.

If you or a loved one has been injured or worse by a drunk driver, you have the right to pursue legal action against him or her. The guilty party should be held accountable for their reckless actions and prevented from harming more people. A settlement can also financially compensate you for expensive medical bills.