According to WTAJ News, on July 5th a suspected drunk driving crash occurred at the intersection of Drane Highway and Old Erie Pike in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. Authorities say that the suspected drunk driver ran a stop sign and hit another car carrying two people. The passenger of the car that was hit was ejected from the passenger window and was taken to UMPC Altoona Hospital. They were treated for minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle that was hit was also taken to Penn Highlands Clearfield hospital with minor injuries.
The suspected drunk driver was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. The charges will be based on the blood test results.
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Attorney contributor Brian Kent of helps victims injured by drunk drivers receive the financial compensation from a drunk driving lawsuit settlement. Mr. Kent has offered his knowledge about the legal options in Pennsylvania open to these victims and their families.
There are a couple of different lawsuits that may be available to victims injured by drunk drivers. One is a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who injured them. This type of lawsuit is available in all 50 states. The second type of lawsuit is known as a dram shop lawsuit and is available in most states, but not all. Pennsylvania’s dram shop laws allow victims of drunk driving accidents to file lawsuits against the alcohol vendor that served the drunk driver before the crash.
Pennsylvania’s dram shop laws state that licensed establishments are prohibited from serving or selling alcohol to those under the legal drinking age of 21. In addition, alcohol vendors are also prohibited from over-serving customers who are already visibly intoxicated. Therefore, if an alcohol vendor violates either of these laws and that patron then injures someone else, the victim may have grounds for a dram shop lawsuit against the vendor.