Matthew Carasco Charged with DUI After Family of 4 Seriously Injured in Crash
A family of four was injured after being hit by a suspected drunk driver who ran a red light on the 100 block of West 12300 South in Draper over the weekend.
Police say that 22-year-old Matthew Urban Carrasco ran a red light on Saturday night and crashed into a car carrying a man, woman, and their two children. The man and woman both suffered “numerous fractures” and were hospitalized, according to an affidavit.
According to the police, Carrasco “smelled of alcohol and numerous open alcohol containers were located in his vehicle.” Police also reportedly found drug paraphernalia in the car.
Carrasco was arrested on suspicion of two counts of DUI causing serious injury, possession of drug paraphernalia, running a red light, and not having a valid license.
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Can You Sue After Being Hit by a Drunk Driver in Utah?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents people who have been injured by drunk drivers and helps them recover the financial compensation they deserve. Brian has some information to share regarding drunk driving injury lawsuits in Utah:
Each year, thousands of people are seriously injured and killed in crashes caused by drunk drivers. These injury victims often struggle with serious personal and financial difficulties due to no fault of their own. This is why it’s extremely important to be aware of your legal options if you’ve been injured in a crash with a drunk driver.
Drunk drivers can be sued directly in personal injury lawsuits, but this is not always the only option for financial compensation available to victims of these crashes. In some cases, Utah and many other states allow alcohol vendors to be sued for serving a drunk driver before a crash.
These lawsuits against alcohol vendors are known as dram shop claims. According to Utah’s dram shop laws, an alcohol vendor can be sued for injuries caused by a customer if:
- the customer was under 21 years old,
- “apparently under the influence” of drugs or alcohol,
- someone the vendor “knew or should have known under the circumstances” was intoxicated, or
- “a known interdicted person” aka someone who has been legally ordered not to consume alcohol, and
- the person who was served alcohol later causes an accident due to ingesting the alcohol.
If you or someone you care about has recently been injured in a crash with a drunk driver, you can learn more about your options for financial compensation by speaking with one of our experienced DUI injury victims lawyers in a free consultation.
The 100 Block of West 12300 South in Draper, Utah
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