Four people were injured in a suspected drunk driving hit-and-run crash on County Road 220 Saturday evening.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 30-year-old Matthew Bergeron was in the left lane and went to turn into the parking lot of the Mercury Moon Bar and Grill when he failed to stop. Investigators say this resulted in Bergeron's pickup truck being hit by a white Hyundai Elantra.
According to troopers, Bergeron fled the scene of the crash but was later arrested by the Clay County Sheriff's Office. He has been charged with DUI with serious bodily injury to another, driving with a suspended license, and leaving the scene of a crash.
Two passengers in Bergeron's truck were brought to Orange Park Medical Center with serious injuries. The driver of the Elantra also suffered serious injuries and a passenger in that vehicle suffered minor injuries.
Attorney contributor Micheal Haggard is a personal injury lawyer who helps people who have been injured by drunk drivers recover the full financial compensation to which they are entitled. Here is Micheal with some information on the options for financial compensation available to victims of drunk driving crashes in Florida:
In all 50 states, people who have been injured by drunk drivers have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver. Additionally, Florida and several other states have "dram shop" laws, which allow alcohol vendors to be held liable for injuries caused by their customers - depending on certain conditions.
According to Florida's dram shop law, people who have been injured by drunk drivers can sue an alcohol vendor that served the drunk driver if:
Each drunk driving injury case is unique and the available legal options will depend on the circumstances of the crash. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyers.