3-Vehicle Suspected DUI Crash Leaves 6 Injured on I-90
An alleged drunk driver sparked a three-vehicle crash on I-90 near I-71 in Cleveland on February 1. A total of six people were hospitalized with injuries following the crash, including two police officers who were in the middle of a traffic stop.
The accident happened on Friday night shortly before midnight. Two police officers were sitting in a police car behind a vehicle that had been involved in a previous accident. A 19-year-old man was also inside of the police car with the officers.
A 2017 Jeep Compass was trying to change lanes to avoid the police cruiser when a 2016 Nissan Sentra rear-ended the Compass. The Jeep then crashed into the police cruiser.
Both police officers and the 19-year-old man were all brought to a nearby hospital. The three people inside of the Jeep were also hospitalized. The driver of the Nissan refused medical treatment at the scene and was eventually arrested and charged with OVI.
The police officers were both treated and released. No additional information on the other victims is currently available.
Legal Rights of Drunk Driving Crash Victims in Ohio
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents alcohol-related accident victims and their families in civil lawsuits, helping them recover the full financial compensation they deserve for the damages they’ve suffered. Here is some information from Brian on the legal options available to these victims and families in Ohio:
In all 50 states, victims of alcohol-related accidents have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused the accident. Additionally, Ohio and many other states allow these victims to file lawsuits against alcohol vendors and social hosts who provided alcohol to someone who causes an alcohol-related accident, depending on specific circumstances.
According to Ohio’s dram shop law, alcohol vendors can be held liable for injuries suffered in an alcohol-related accident under the following circumstances:
- The injuries suffered happened on the vendor’s property or were caused by the vendor’s negligence, or
- the injuries happened off the vendor’s property, and the vendor “knowingly sold” alcohol to a “noticeably intoxicated” person or someone under the age of 21.
Ohio has separate circumstances for social host liability, which apply in cases involving social hosts providing alcohol to guests at private parties. According to Ohio social host laws, these hosts can only be held liable if they provide alcohol to someone under 21 years old and that person causes an alcohol-related accident.
If you or a loved one has recently been hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal options by discussing your case with an experienced DUI accident victims attorney.