The term "dram shop" can be traced back to 18th century literature and refers to an establishment that serves or sells liquor. It can be a bar, pub, saloon, liquor store, or even a restaurant. A dram is a small liquid unit of measure, and dram shops are often watched closely when it comes to determining who is responsible for drunk driving accidents.
Many areas of Massachusetts are pedestrian dense, requiring drivers to be aware of crosswalks and people in intersections. Yet, even lower pedestrian dense areas require attentiveness. A lapse in attention can lead to a serious Car accident. A negligent driver or a distracted driver can slam into a pedestrian and cause serious injury or death. One of these accidents occurred recently in Springfield.
Massachusetts residents may be interested to learn of a recent horrific accident that killed a popular former middle school teacher of the town of Middleboro. According to reports, the police have now charged the 20-year-old driver that struck the 61-year-old former teacher with vehicle homicide. The criminal charge stems from the allegation that the 20-year-old was driving while intoxicated when the car accident occurred.
A Wellesley emergency room doctor was recently involved in a car crash that left a 78-year-old with numerous injuries. According to reports, the doctor appears to have been under the influence of prescription drugs, which were found in her possession at the time of the accident. The doctor who won a prestigious "doctor of the year" award in 2009 has now been charged with DUI.
When a person is a passenger in someone else's car or truck, the passenger's safety is in the hands of the driver. If that driver is negligent and that negligence leads to an accident and injury, the driver may be held liable for any injury suffered by the passenger.