Articles Posted in DUI Accidents

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Earlier this year, the Georgia Court of Appeals issued an interesting opinion in a car accident case brought by a man who was struck by a drunk driver who was operating a moving truck that was owned by his employer. The case required the court to determine if the employer could be held liable for the employee’s actions, given what the employer knew at the time it allowed the employee to use the truck. Ultimately, the court determined that the plaintiff did present sufficient evidence to survive summary judgement.

Key RingThe Facts of the Case

The defendant was an employer who allowed one of its employees to use a moving truck for personal use. While the employee was borrowing the truck, he was allegedly involved in a drunk driving accident, seriously injuring the plaintiff. The plaintiff filed a personal injury lawsuit against both the allegedly drunk driver as well as his employer.

The plaintiff presented the testimony of the employee, who explained that he told the employer during his pre-employment interview that he had been convicted of multiple drunk driving offenses. The employee candidly admitted that he was not exactly sure of what he told the employer during the interview, but he remembered that he was honest about his past and that he disclosed that he had “multiple” DUIs.

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Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court handed down a written opinion in a case brought by the daughter of a man killed in a single-vehicle drunk driving accident. In the case, Bayless v. TTS Trio Corporation, the plaintiff sued the establishment that served her father alcohol to the point of intoxication.

Liquor BottlesThe Facts of the Case

Back in 2011, the plaintiff’s father was involved in a single-vehicle car accident after leaving the defendant’s restaurant. It was later determined that the plaintiff’s father was intoxicated at the time of the accident, and the plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the restaurant based on the state’s Dram Shop Act.

A Dram Shop Law is a special provision in effect in about 30 states that acts to hold the serving establishment financially liable in drunk driving accidents. Of course, each state’s Dram Shop Law is different, but they generally require evidence that the intoxicated driver was served at the defendant restaurant or bar, and that the intoxication was the proximate cause of the accident.

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A 34-year-old man has finally been sentenced after being involved in a fatal hit-and-run while he was under the influence. According to one local news report covering the scene, the man was convicted of four DUIs prior to being involved in this accident.

beers-1329972Evidently, the victim was driving east on the highway when the defendant attempted to turn into a parking lot. Unfortunately, the defendant did not yield to the motorcyclist, and a collision occurred. The victim’s motorcycle was hit by the front of the defendant’s car, and instead of calling authorities, the defendant left the scene of the accident and ran into a nearby apartment complex.

Eventually, witnesses called emergency personnel, and the victim was taken to a nearby hospital. Police were able to apprehend the defendant, and his blood alcohol content revealed that it was more than twice the legal limit. The victim sadly died 11 days after being hospitalized. The defendant recently pled guilty to charges of leaving the scene of a crash and DUI manslaughter. He was sentenced to a 30-year prison term in addition to probation for 11 years after his release. His license has been permanently suspended.

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Late last month, one person lost her life in a fatal Georgia car accident possibly involving a drunk driver. According to one local news report, an officer was called to the scene of a serious accident in Jefferson County, Georgia. The State Patrol reported that a Honda was continually swerving down a Georgia road. As the Honda was swerving, it proceeded into the southbound lane of the road. A Yukon carrying a family of three was driving right in the path of the erratic Honda and attempted to avoid the accident. However, the driver was unable to avoid a collision, and unfortunately the two cars crashed into each other.

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The Yukon subsequently flipped over. The front passenger in the Yukon was killed at the scene of the accident. Investigators believe the individuals traveling in the car may have been visiting family in a nearby county. Authorities suspect that the Honda driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and an investigation is still ongoing. The location of the accident seems to be one that is prone to collisions, since another fatal accident occurred on the same spot about one year ago.

 

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Late last week, two teenagers were hospitalized following an accident in Coffee County. A local news station reported that the two individuals were driving east near Osbon Mills Road in Coffee County.

glass-of-beer-1440645-mApparently, the 19-year-old driver did not stop at a stop sign near McKinnon and Osbon Road. The driver had his 15-year-old girlfriend in the car with him at the time of the accident. The two were driving late on a Saturday night when the driver ran through a stop sign and into a ditch. The car then overturned on the other side of the road.

The driver of the vehicle suffered a broken back, and his girlfriend broke her leg and had serious injuries to her face. The two were taken to a hospital in Macon County. The police investigated the crash, and the driver is being charged with a DUI.

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