Five people were injured, including at least 2 with serious injuries, in a head-on collision involving a suspected drunk driver on the Mystic Valley Parkway on Thursday, July 4.
According to state police, 22-year-old Helser Msaravia was arrested and charged with drunk driving after the crash. Msaravia allegedly collided head-on with a BMW, injuring the 35-year-old female driver and a 39-year-old male passenger.
Msaravia suffered minor injuries, while a 20-year-old female passenger and 16-year-old were seriously injured in the crash.
A firefighter was also injured at the scene when he was bitten by a dog inside one of the vehicles. He was hospitalized for treatment of that minor injury.
The Mystic Valley Parkway was shut down for several hours following the crash.
Attorney contributor Kim Dougherty represents people who have been injured by drunk drivers and the families of those killed in fatal drunk driving accidents. Here is Kim with some general information regarding the legal options available to these victims and families in Massachusetts:
In the United States, people who have been injured by drunk drivers have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person who injured them. Additionally, in Massachusetts and many other states, victims of drunk driving crashes may also have the option to file a lawsuit against an alcohol vendor - depending on certain circumstances.
This second type of lawsuit is typically known as a "dram shop" claim. In Massachusetts, an alcohol vendor (such as a bar or nightclub) can be held liable for injuries caused by a customer if the vendor served that customer after the customer had already become visibly intoxicated.
For example, let's say Jerry stops at George's Tavern and has several drinks. He begins to fall off his stool and slur his words, but the bartender continues serving him alcohol. Jerry then leaves the bar in his vehicle and causes a crash that injures Phil. Phil may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against Jerry as well as a dram shop lawsuit against George's Tavern for serving a visibly intoxicated customer.