After working closely with the victims of severe or fatal drunk driving accidents as a Tacoma injury lawyer I am always saddened to hear of severe or fatal drunk driving accidents especially since they are so easy to prevent. What makes these accidents even more heartbreaking is when the DUI driver is a repeat offender who should have been taken off the roads long ago.

The driver involved in a December Federal Way drunk driving accident has been sentenced for vehicular homicide. 35-year-old Legrant Pegram will spend 12 years and 3 months behind bars for the fatal drunk driving accident that claimed the life of 21-year-old Emmanuel Franco on December 29th.

The main evidence used to convict Pegram in the case was security camera footage which showed Pregram was driving recklessly at the time of the accident. Pregram  drove around two vehicles as they were stopped at a red light then ran through the red light-crashing his SUV into the Driver’s side of Franco’s Acura Integra. The accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of South 320th Street and Pacific Highway South in Federal Way, Washington.

Franco was killed instantly in the collision and police discovered Pegram’s blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit at 0.242. This, however, was not Pegram’s first drunk driving offense; in 2006 he was convicted with a DUI and in 1992 was convicted of vehicular assault after a drunk driving accident.

This accident illustrates how big the drunk driving problem is in the United States. Not only do fatal drunk driving accidents contribute to nearly half of all fatal auto accidents- 2/3’s of all DUI arrests are repeat offenders. These outrageous numbers go to show that our current laws are not adequately addressing the drunk driving problem and need to be reformed.

I offer my condolences to the Franco family and all others affected by the carelessness of a drunk driver. If you have been affected by a drunk driver the best thing you can do is speak with a knowledgeable Seattle auto accident attorney and figure out the best way to handle your case.

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