Kristin Patton Killed In Crash With Suspected Drunk Driver
A man was killed in a fatal car accident in Bryant County on early Wednesday morning, and police think the other driver was under the influence. The accident happened in the city limits of Colbert on Route 69 at around 1:05 a.m. Wednesday.
Police say 25-year-old Brittney Schmidt and her passenger were driving northbound on Route 69 when her vehicle struck 42-year-old Kristin Patton’s vehicle from behind. Patton’s vehicle then veered off to the right side of the road and rolled over two times before Patton was ejected from the vehicle. Patton was pronounced dead at the scene.
Schmidt’s vehicle exited the roadway to the left and struck a cable barrier. She and her passenger were not injured in the accident. Officials say the cause of the collision was DUI by Schmidt.
Legal Recourse For DUI Accident Victims in Oklahoma
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney discusses the rights of DUI accident victims in our legal commentary on this case:
In Oklahoma, individuals who have been injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers, along with the family of those killed by drunk drivers, often qualify for financial compensation. Victims may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver for causing the accident. Additionally, in some cases, victims could have grounds for a dram shop lawsuit against the alcohol vendor who served the drunk driver that night. According to state dram shop law, alcohol vendors can be sued for serving alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person if that person injures someone else because of the intoxication – such as injuries suffered in a drunk driving accident.
Dram shop law is complex, so determining if you have grounds for a lawsuit against an alcohol vendor will require assistance from an experienced DUI accident victims lawyer.
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