Recently, a 33-year-old Rogersville resident was sentenced after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 84-year-old William H. Hughes of Seymour. Chad Lee Bybee was involved in a DUI accident in October of 2013 that left Hughes dead, and two children injured. The children were the daughters of Bybee who were passengers in his vehicle, according to news reports at St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Bybee was driving drunk on Hwy 60 when the pickup truck he was driving struck Mr. Hughes’ Chevrolet Impala head on. Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene. Bybee was initially charged with vehicular assault, but pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He was an agriculture teacher at Logan-Rogersville High School at the time the accident took place, but resigned his position shortly thereafter. Online court documents indicate that Bybee was ordered to undergo a 60-day shock program in Webster County Jail, although he was sentenced to 12 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Court documents indicate that Bybee’s BAC (blood alcohol content) was .190 when he was given a breathalyzer test more than three hours after the accident occurred. This is more than twice the legal limit of .08. This is a tragic and unfortunately all too common outcome when someone chooses to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A man lost his life; and another chose to drink and drive, putting his daughters’ lives and wellbeing at risk. News reports do not state the extent of the girls’ injuries.
While individuals who drive drunk and get caught usually face criminal charges (Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a criminal offense), families whose loved ones are killed may be entitled to collect compensation for their losses, including the costs of medical, funeral, burial, loss of income, and other damages. Those who are injured as the result of a drunk driver may collect compensation as well, as the medical and other costs related to a serious injury can amount to millions of dollars. Past lost wages, future lost income, future medical treatment, emotional distress, pain and suffering, cost of medical devices and life-care planning can help to assuage the costs of those victims who are permanently disabled. It is vital that victims fight for justice and to recover the damages they deserve.
The insurance company of the drunk driver often has too little limits to adequately compensate for these losses.
At McCollum Injury Law Firm, our Kansas City drunk driving accident attorneys are dedicated to protecting the legal rights of those who are injured or killed by drunk drivers. Before hiring a lawyer you may want to see our article about how to hire an injury lawyer. Our attorneys are experienced in the investigation of these accidents, using science to prove the driver was drunk and holding any other negligent party accountable for their actions. Contact our aggressive legal team who will fight to hold accountable those who were negligent and who chose to get behind the wheel of their car and drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.