State and local law enforcement agencies, in conjunction with local agencies and nonprofits, work hard to curtail drunk driving in Massachusetts. Though these efforts certainly make a difference, for the foreseeable future, intoxicated drivers will continue to climb behind the wheel and take to the streets, putting other motorists and pedestrians at extreme risk of harm. As one recent car crash in nearby Winthrop highlights, these accidents can be devastating for a victim.
Under what are known as dram shop laws, an individual who is injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver may be able to hold an alcohol vender liable. However, doing so can be quite difficult, as it is often hard to prove that the vendor had certain knowledge. For example, did the vendor know the individual was intoxicated before serving him or her? These types of questions can be complex, and acquiring the evidence to support an answer can be pivotal in a civil lawsuit.
Unfortunately, drunk drivers can be on Massachusetts' roads at any time. These drivers can also be anybody. Mothers, workers and teens can all be drunk behind the wheel, posing serious hazards to other motorists. With the existence of these factors comes the sad reality that motorists often cannot tell who is driving intoxicated until it is too late and a car accident has occurred. When this happens, accident victims should take the steps necessary to recover their damages and to hold the negligent drivers who harmed them accountable.
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.
A car accident in Attleboro has left two injured and one facing DUI charges. Police say the accused 20-year old texted a friend saying she was drunk, then climbed behind the wheel. Later, the accused moved her car onto the wrong side of the road and slammed head-on into an oncoming vehicle. The two occupants of the second vehicle suffered broken bones. Police claim the wrong-way driver had a blood alcohol content level twice the legal limit.