Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville

3 people were injured in a suspected drunk driving crash on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Driver Arrested on Suspicion of DUI After Head-On Collision

A head-on collision left three people injured on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville on Monday evening and one of the drivers was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Police were called to the scene of a head-on collision involving two vehicles in the southbound lanes of Thompson Bridge Road near Edgewater Drive at around 6:30 p.m. on Monday. According to the authorities, 32-year-old Rianne Rider was allegedly driving a 2016 Cadillac Escalade northbound on the road and crossed over into southbound traffic, colliding head-on with a 2003 Ford Expedition.

The driver of the Expedition, 53-year-old Gabriel Orozco Suarez, and 37-year-old passenger Lisandro Hernandez were seriously injured in the crash. A third person in that vehicle suffered minor injuries. All three were hospitalized at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Rider has been charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane and additional charges are pending. This crash remains under investigation.

The crash shut down both southbound lanes and one northbound lane until around 10 p.m. on Monday.

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Financial Compensation For People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Georgia

Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps people who have been injured by drunk drivers take legal action to recover the financial compensation they deserve. Brian has offered to shed some light on the options for financial compensation available to these individuals in Georgia:

In Georgia and most other states, people who have been hit by drunk drivers may have two different options for recovering financial compensation. All states allow these individuals to file personal injury lawsuits against the driver who injured them, but Georgia is also one of several states with “dram shop” laws. Under certain conditions, dram shop laws allow DUI crash injury victims to file a lawsuit against an alcohol vendor who served the driver prior to the crash.

According to Georgia’s dram shop laws, injured individuals can file a lawsuit against alcohol vendors if the vendor:

  • “willfully, knowingly and unlawfully” provides alcohol to someone under age 21, or
  • “knowingly” serves alcohol to someone who is “noticeably intoxicated”, and
  • the vendor knows that the minor or intoxicated person will soon be driving a motor vehicle.

Each drunk driving injury case has unique circumstances which determine the potential options for financial compensation. You can learn more about your legal rights after being injured by a drunk driver in Georgia by speaking to an experienced drunk driving crash victims lawyer.

Location of Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville, GA

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