Suspected Drunk Driver Arrested After Allegedly Striking Pedestrian
A suspected drunk driver allegedly struck a pedestrian with her vehicle in Medford in the early morning of Friday, February 15.
Police believe that a pedestrian was walking on the sidewalk along East McAndrews Road near the intersection with North Riverside Avenue at around 2:30 a.m. when a vehicle drove up onto the sidewalk, striking the pedestrian and causing serious injuries. The victim was hospitalized.
The driver, identified as 32-year-old Ashley McCallum, stayed at the scene and cooperated with the authorities. Police say she showed signs of alcohol intoxication and she was arrested at the scene.
McCallum has been charged with assault in the second degree, driving under the influence of intoxicants, and reckless driving. Her bail was set at $110,000.
Legal Recourse for Victims of Drunk Driving Crashes in Oregon
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps drunk driving crash victims and their families recover the full financial compensation they deserve for the damages they’ve suffered. Here is some info from Brian on the legal options available to these victims and families in Oregon:
In Oregon and all other states, people who have been injured in alcohol-related accidents often have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused the accident. Additionally, there are certain situations where these victims also may have grounds for a lawsuit against an alcohol vendor or social host who provided alcohol to the person who caused the accident. This second type of lawsuit is called a “dram shop” claim.
According to Oregon state law, alcohol vendors can be held liable for accidents caused by their customers if:
- the vendor provided alcohol to someone who was “visibly intoxicated”, and
- the person injured did not “substantially contribute” to the intoxicated person’s intoxication.
There are two situations where social hosts can be held liable for injuries caused by their intoxicated guests:
- the host provided alcohol to someone who was “visibly intoxicated” at the time and the injured person did not “substantially contribute” to this intoxication, or
- the intoxicated person was a minor and the social host did not check their ID or realize the ID was fake if a reasonable person would have.
If you or a loved one has recently been injured by a drunk driver, it’s important to be aware of your full legal options. You can learn more about your right to financial compensation by discussing your case with an experienced DUI crash victims attorney.