3 Injured, 1 Driver Charged with DUI and Hit-and-Run After Crash
Police say the driver behind a hit-and-run crash on SR-281 was intoxicated at the time of the crash. 41-year-old Brian Bickel has been charged with DUI and hit-and-run following the crash which injured three people on Saturday, March 9.
According to the authorities, Bickel was driving his 2014 Nissan Altima eastbound on I-90 and took exit 151 in George. Bickel thought he was in Moses Lake and stopped after realizing his mistake. He attempted to enter the intersection and t-boned a 2007 Honda Odyssey with three passengers.
Bickel and the driver of the Odyssey were uninjured. However, three passengers of the Odyssey were hospitalized at Quincy Valley Hospital with injuries. These passengers included a 35-year-old woman, a 19-year-old man, and an 11-year-old girl.
Bickel allegedly attempted to flee the accident and got his vehicle caught in a cable barrier on a median. He then exited the vehicle and began walking eastbound on Frontage Road, where a trooper saw him and arrested him.
Legal Options for People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Washington
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents people injured by drunk drivers and the families of fatal DUI crash victims. Here is some insight from Brian on the legal options available to these victims and families in Washington:
In Washington, as in all other states, people who are injured by drunk drivers may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit (or wrongful death for families) against that drunk driver. Washington is also one of several states with “dram shop” laws, which allow alcohol vendors to be sued if they provided alcohol to a minor or “obviously intoxicated” customer who went on to cause an accident with injuries.
For example, let’s say Bob visits Local Tavern for some drinks. After several rounds, he begins to stumble and slur his speech. Despite these signs of intoxication, the bartender continues giving Bob drinks. Bob then leaves in his vehicle and causing a drunk driving crash with serious injuries. In this situation, those injured may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against Bob, as well as a dram shop claim against Local Tavern for serving an obviously intoxicated customer.
If you or a loved one has recently become the victim of a drunk driving crash, you deserve financial compensation for the difficulties you face. You can learn more about your family’s legal options in a free consultation with our experienced crime victim attorneys.