Juvenile and Several Animals Injured in DUI Crash Involving Trailer and Truck
Coventry Police arrested a man from West Kingston on suspicion of DUI following a traffic accident that left one juvenile and several animals injured on Saturday, September 22. Police responded to reports of a crash near 2232 Plainfield Pike at around 11:25 p.m. on Saturday night. After arriving on the scene, officers found an accident scene between a 5-ton military-style truck and a pickup truck towing a trailer with four horses and a goat.
According to the police, a juvenile traveling in the pickup truck suffered minor injuries in the crash. Some of the animals inside the trailer were also evaluated for injuries.
The driver of the military-style truck, 35-year-old Matthew Wright, was arrested and taken into custody on suspicion of DUI. The accident remains under investigation.
Legal Recourse For Drunk Driver Accident Victims in Rhode Island
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps the victims of drunk drivers get the financial compensation they deserve. We’ve asked him to summarize the legal options available to drunk driving victims and their families in Rhode Island:
In Rhode Island, those who are injured in alcohol-related accidents often have grounds for a personal injury claim against the individual who caused the accident. Additionally, some of these accidents can result in liability for businesses that provided alcohol to the individual responsible for causing the accident. These third-party liability laws are known as “dram shop” laws.
According to Rhode Island dram shop laws, alcohol vendors like bars, restaurants, and liquor stores can be sued by drunk driving victims if the vendor provided alcohol to a minor or a “visibly intoxicated” person who goes on to cause an alcohol-related accident. For example, if a bar customer is slurring their words, stumbling, and clearly drunk, the staff has a legal obligation to stop serving them alcohol. If they continue to serve this customer and that customer causes an alcohol-related accident, anyone injured in the crash (or the victim’s family if the crash is fatal) may have grounds for a lawsuit against the bar.
If you or someone you love was hit by a drunk driver in Rhode Island and you’re curious about your legal options, you can learn more by speaking with an experienced DUI victims lawyer.