Police Arrest Jason Hayes For DUI After Accident on I-84 in Hartford
A West Hartford man was arrested for driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, and related charges after a two-vehicle accident left two children injured on Interstate 84 East in Hartford on Wednesday, October 3.
37-year-old Jason Hayes was found to be at fault for the crash, which occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. Police say that he did not check on the other vehicle, fled the scene, and failed to notify police of the accident.
The two children, who have not been named, were transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. No additional information is available on their condition.
Officers found Hayes a short trip from the scene of the accident. He has been charged with evading responsibility, illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, following too closely, and other related charges. His bond was set at $2,500.
Legal Options For Drunk Driving Victims in Connecticut
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents drunk driving victims and their families in civil lawsuits, helping them recover the financial compensation they need during their recoveries. Here is his perspective on the legal options available for these victims and their families in Connecticut:
Drunk drivers make our roads much more dangerous for everyone. When a drunk driver causes an accident and others are injured or killed, the victim and their family may have a couple of options for legal recourse. First, injury victims can file personal injury claims directly against the driver. The families of those killed in drunk driving crashes may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Additionally, Connecticut and many other states have dram shop and social host liability laws. These laws allow third parties, such as bar owners or party hosts, to be held liable for damages suffered by the victims of drunk driving crashes. In Connecticut, these victims may have the right to file a dram shop lawsuit against an alcohol vendor if the vendor served alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person, and that person went on to cause a drunk driving crash.
Social host liability laws allow social hosts to be held liable if they provided alcohol to someone under age 21, and that person causes an alcohol-related accident that results in injuries or deaths.
If you or a loved one has recently been hit by a drunk driver in Connecticut, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with an experienced DUI victim lawyer.