Police in Fishers arrested a 68-year-old woman for allegedly driving drunk when she collided with a motorcyclist in a fatal accident on Sunday, February 3.
According to the police, Gayl Adams was driving east on 116th Street in a Honda passenger vehicle at about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday when she turned onto Bell Plaine Boulevard and crashed into 24-year-old motorcyclist Jonathon Reynolds. Reynolds was transported to St. Vincent Hospital, where he died. Adams was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Police say that Adams had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.15 percent, which is nearly double Indiana’s legal limit of 0.08 percent. On Monday, Hamilton County prosecutors charged her with two felony counts of drunken driving causing death and two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving. The felony charges carry a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison if convicted.
Attorney Jeff Gibson helps drunk driving accident victims and their families recover the full financial compensation they deserve in civil lawsuits. Here is some insight from Jeff on the legal options available to these victims and families in Indiana:
In all 50 states, people injured in alcohol-related accidents may have the right to file a lawsuit against the person who caused the accidents. Indiana is one of several states which also allow the victims of drunk driving accidents to file lawsuits against alcohol vendors under certain circumstances. This second type of lawsuit is called a “dram shop” claim.
According to Indiana’s dram shop law, an alcohol vendor or social host can be held liable for injuries in an alcohol-related accident if:
For example, a bar could be held liable for a drunk driving accident if they continued serving alcohol to someone who was visibly intoxicated and that person caused a drunk driving crash after leaving the bar.