A bicyclist suffered serious injuries after being hit by a suspected drunk driver on Rogers Street in Lowell on Sunday night.
Officers responded to the scene of the crash at around 9 p.m. on Sunday. Police say that the driver, 26-year-old Jacquelyn Hopkinson, "appeared to be intoxicated."
The police released a statement on Monday which said, "According to witnesses, the operator of a vehicle was traveling into Lowell from Tewksbury at [a] high rate of speed prior to striking the cyclist."
The cyclist was brought t a hospital in Boston with serious injuries. Hopkinson was charged with operating under the influence and police say that additional charges may be added.
Attorney commentator Kim Dougherty helps people who have been injured by drunk drivers secure the financial compensation they need and deserve. Here is Kim with some information for The Legal Herald regarding the legal options available to people who have been hit by drunk drivers in Massachusetts:
If you've been injured by a drunk driver in Massachusetts or any other state, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against that individual. Additionally, Massachusetts is one of several states which allow drunk driving injury victims to file lawsuits against alcohol vendors negligently serving the person who caused the crash. This second type of lawsuit is known as a dram shop claim.
According to Massachusetts state law, alcohol vendors (like bars, nightclubs and restaurants) can be held liable for injuries caused by a customer if the vendor continued serving that customer after he or she had become visibly intoxicated.
For example, let's say Tim goes to Volt Nightclub and has several drinks. He eventually begins stumbling as he walks and slurring his speech, but the bartenders continue to serve him additional drinks. Tim then leaves the nightclub in his vehicle and crashes into Harry as he's walking on the sidewalk. Harry may have grounds for both a personal injury lawsuit against Tim and a dram shop lawsuit against Volt Nightclub for serving a visibly intoxicated customer.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed after being hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your options for financial compensation by contacting an experienced drunk driver injury victims lawyer.