If every motorist could refrain from doing three things while driving, it would prevent the vast majority of car accidents. These three things include: (1) refrain from using a cellphone while driving; (2) refrain from speeding; and (3) refrain from driving while intoxicated. Unfortunately, many drivers continue to do these dangerous things while driving and — in some cases — it results in unnecessary fatal and injurious crashes. In fact, one such crash happened late last month.
In a recent car accident, a man from Othello admitted to drinking two bottles of wine with friends before causing an injurious car accident with another vehicle in northern Benton County last month. Two people riding in the other vehicle — a father and his 13-month-old baby boy — suffered serious injuries that required hospital care. Both needed to receive surgeries as a result of their injuries.
Immediately after the accident, the allegedly drunk driver told police he had consumed a couple of drinks that night. However, at the hospital, he later admitted that he helped four friends drink two bottles of wine. When he refused to submit to a Breathalyzer, police obtained a warrant from a judge to take a mandatory blood sample. He has since been charged with two counts of felony vehicular assault due to the injuries he caused to the father and baby boy.
When a negligent or unlawful driver causes an injurious motor vehicle accident due to drunk driving, speeding or texting-while-driving, the injured victims may have strong legal claims to hold the at-fault driver financially liable in court. To learn more about your legal right to pursue such a personal injury claim, visit our website for additional information.