2 Injured in Crash Allegedly Caused by Suspected Drunk Driver
Two people were injured in a collision involving a suspected drunk driver outside of Madison Elementary School in Davenport early Sunday morning, March 31.
According to the police, at around 2:00 a.m. a vehicle blew through a red light at the intersection of Locust and Brady Street. The driver of that vehicle, Michael Coleman of Davenport, was allegedly speeding at 55 mph in a 25 mph. When he ran the red light, his vehicle collided with an SUV with four passengers.
The SUV was totaled. One of the occupants was thrown from the SUV and a backseat passenger also suffered severe injuries. Both victims were rushed to Iowa City for treatment of their injuries.
Police claim Coleman had bloodshot eyes and smelled like alcohol. He was administered a breath test, which showed that his blood alcohol content was over the legal limit of .08. He has been charged with his second OWI, reckless driving, and running red lights.
Legal Options for People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Iowa
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents people who have been injured by drunk drivers and helps them fight for the financial compensation they deserve. Here are a few of Brian’s thoughts regarding the legal options available to drunk driving crash victims in Iowa:
In Iowa and every other state in the US, people who are injured in alcohol-related accidents have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit directly against the person who caused the accident. Iowa is also one of many states with dram shop laws, which, under certain conditions, allow alcohol vendors to be held liable for providing alcohol to someone who injured someone else.
Iowa’s dram shop law says that an alcohol vendor can be held liable for injuries caused by a customer if the vendor continued serving the customer after the customer had become visibly intoxicated. For example, if a customer is falling down and slurring their speech but the bartender continues serving them and that customer goes on to cause a drunk driving crash with injuries, those injured may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the driver and a dram shop claim against the bar where the driver was served.
If you or someone you love has recently been injured by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal options by discussing your case with an experienced drunk driving crash victims lawyer.