According to WJAC, on October 17th around 7 p.m., Jennifer Lansberry was driving along the 300 block of Beale Ave in Altoona, PA when she crashed into a telephone pole.
Police were called to the scene and found two seven-year-old girls in the vehicle who had sustained injuries. One of the children was flown to UPMC Children’s Hospital for life-threatening injuries. The other child only sustained minor injuries.
Authorities claim that the child flown to the hospital was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Lansberry was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol when she crashed into the telephone pole. She was charged with two counts of aggravated assault by DUI, two counts of child endangerment, and DUI of both alcohol and drugs.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents victims injured by drunk drivers in civil lawsuits. Brian has shared some insight into the legal rights of these victims and their families in Pennsylvania:
In most cases, victims of drunk driving accidents are able to successfully file personal injury lawsuits against the driver who caused the crash. Additionally, these victims or their family members may have the right to file a lawsuit against the alcohol vendor who sold the driver alcohol prior to the crash.
This type of lawsuit is only possible in states with third-party liability dram shop laws. Pennsylvania is a state with dram shop laws. In Pennsylvania, victims injured by drunk drivers, or a family member of someone who was killed by a drunk driver, can sue an alcohol vendor, or a private social host if they sold alcohol: