Accidents involving drunk drivers can lead to serious injuries. From death to permanent injuries, these accidents may involve complicated legal situations that require an experienced attorney.
In one recent case a woman’s life was tragically ended when a drunk driver struck her vehicle. Police say the suspected drunk driver was driving a SUV that rear-ended a minivan with three passengers. The three passengers in the minivan were hurt and had to the hospital.
One of the three passengers dies shortly after arriving at the hospital.
The suspected drunk driver was charged with driving under the influence and refusal to submit a blood sample. Situations such as this one illustrate the difficulty and legal complexities involved in an accident involving a drunk driver.
Another tragic recent example involved a suspected drunk driver driving on the wrong lane when he crashed into an SUV carrying seven people. Three people in the SUV were pronounced dead at the scene, including a 1-year-old. The other two deceased people were 22 and 41 years old. The other four passengers were transported to the nearest hospital and suffered serious injuries.
In this situation the suspected drunk driver was immediately charged with vehicular homicide. In the complaint, the responding deputy said the suspected drunk driver smelled like alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. When asked how many drinks he had consumed that night, the suspected drunk driver allegedly denied drinking and then later stated he had one beer with his meal, according to the complaint.
Typically, but not always, when you’re involved in an accident in which the other driver was driving drunk, the civil case is pursued after the criminal case has ended. In situations where there might be a statute of limitation issue, the civil case will likely commence immediately, regardless if the criminal case has ended or not.
Whether you’ve been seriously injured in an accident or know someone who has been killed in an accident involving a drunk driver, you’ll need an experienced attorney to handle your case. Our firm handles various accident related cases across the U.S. If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.