2 Teens Critically Injured in DUI Crash
Four people were injured, 2 critically, in a suspected drunk driving crash near Grand Valley State University on Thursday night, October 4. The accident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. at the intersection of Pierce Street and 52nd Avenue in Allendale Charter Township.
According to Ottawa County deputies, two vehicles were traveling westbound on Pierce Street, when one vehicle attempted to pass the other while trying to turn into an apartment complex. Police say that the driver who caused the crash, an 18-year-old from Allendale, was under the influence of alcohol when his vehicle collided with the driver’s side door of the vehicle he was attempting to pass.
The driver of the second vehicle, a 19-year-old GVSU student, suffered serious injuries in the crash. Two passengers of the at-fault driver were also injured, one critically. The 18-year-old at-fault driver was charged with Operated While Intoxicated causing serious injury.
Liability For Drunk Driving Accidents in Michigan
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps the victims of drunk drivers seek financial compensation for the damages they’ve suffered. Here is his insight into the legal options available to DUI accident victims and their families in Michigan:
When innocent people are injured or killed by drunk drivers, it’s important to make sure the victims and their families get the support they need. In Michigan and many other states, the victims of these accidents may have the option to seek financial compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver or filing a dram shop lawsuit against the alcohol vendor who provided alcohol to the drunk driver prior to the accident.
According to Michigan’s dram shop laws, alcohol vendors can be held liable for alcohol-related accidents if they provided alcohol to someone who was either under 21 years of age or already visibly intoxicated when they were served.
For example, let’s say that Roger visits a bar and has several drinks. Eventually, he begins slurring his words and falling off his stool, but the bartender continues to serve him alcohol. Roger then leaves the bar, gets into his car, and causes an accident that injures Sam. Sam may have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit directly against Roger, as well as a dram shop lawsuit against the bar for continuing to serve Roger after he’d become visibly intoxicated.
If you or someone you love has recently been hit by a drunk driver and you’d like to learn more about your legal options, we advise speaking to an experienced DUI victims lawyer.
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The Intersection of Pierce Street and 52nd Avenue