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Dorchester Ave in Boston

Dorchester Ave near the Ashmont T station, where police say a drunk driver struck a pedestrian on August 3.

Alleged Drunk Driver Injures Pedestrian and Flees Scene In Boston

Police arrested an unidentified 31-year-old male suspect after he allegedly struck a pedestrian, fled the scene, crashed into their parked cars, and ran from his vehicle before officers finally arrested him. Police also said that he was drunk during this incident and that he attempted to dispose of a firearm before they arrested him.

Two MBTA officers witnessed the crash, which occurred on Friday, August 3 at around 10 p.m. on Dorchester Avenue near Ashmont T station. They chased after the suspect when he took off from the scene. The driver was arraigned on Monday in Dorchester District Court on charges of fleeing the scene of an accident with a personal injury, driving while intoxicated, and illegal possession of a firearm.

The unnamed pedestrian was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries and is expected to survive.

Legal Options For Drunk Driving Accident Victims In Massachusetts

Here are some thoughts on the legal rights of drunk driving victims from lawyer contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney:

When someone decides to drive drunk, they don’t only disregard their own safety. These drivers endanger everyone they’ll pass by on the road that night, including both other drivers and pedestrians. The victims of drunk drivers deserve financial compensation for damages related to their injuries. In Massachusetts, these victims may have the right to seek damages from both the driver and the alcohol vendor who served that driver if they continued to sell the driver alcohol after he or she had become visibly intoxicated.

Massachusetts, like most other states, have dram shop laws which allow bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and all other alcohol vendors to be held liable if they serve someone who is visibly drunk and that person causes a drunk driving accident that night. Personal injury and dram shop lawsuits can help provide victims with compensation for all damages related to the accident, such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Loss of consortium in wrongful death cases
  • Pain and suffering

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