A crash which resulted from an incident of drunk driving has caused fatal injuries to one man and serious injuries to his wife. Victims of drunk driving, such as this couple, may have options to recover damages from the responsible driver and, potentially, the establishment that sold the alcohol.
The fatal accident began with a police officer’s attempt to stop a driver who appeared intoxicated. Law enforcement tried to pull over a 35-year old Hartford man driving a 2004 Subaru Legacy after watching the man drive erratically through downtown Norwich, Connecticut. However, the Subaru driver refused to stop, sending police on an extended chase through the town, beginning on Route 32/West Thames Street. The driver led police east along Route 2/Main Street on the Shetucket River Bridge. The driver ricocheted off a curb before crossing into the westbound lanes, striking a 2010 Toyota Corolla which was stopped at a light. Both the 72-year-old woman driving the Corolla and her 74-year-old passenger were injured, as were the driver and passenger in the Legacy. All four individuals were taken to Backus Hospital. The Corolla passenger was pronounced dead at the hospital, and the driver was hospitalized for serious injuries. The passengers in both vehicles were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Drunk driving can have serious, life-altering consequences for its victims. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs may face criminal charges for driving under the influence, but they can also be sued by their victims for injuries resulting from accidents caused by their impaired driving. That said, many drivers who drive drunk do not have sufficient assets to satisfy a judgment for serious personal injuries stemming from their drunken driving. Fortunately, Connecticut victims of drunk driving accidents may have yet another avenue for recovery. Under the Connecticut Dram Shop Act, drunk driving victims may file a claim for damages against a bar or liquor store that sells alcohol to someone who is already intoxicated and later causes injury to another person as a result of their intoxication. Victims will need to gather eyewitness testimony and other evidence showing that the intoxicated person was drunk when making the alcohol purchase, such that the person selling them the alcohol would have been able to tell they were drunk, in order to recover money damages. An experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer can assist you in making these types of claims for money damages.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a crash with a drunk driver in Connecticut, contact the experienced and effective personal injury attorneys at The APEX Law Firm for a consultation in Hartford County at (860) 900-0900 or by using our website contact form.