Motorcycle Rider Killed, Passenger Injured in Suspected DUI Crash
A motorcycle rider was killed and his wife was seriously injured after being struck by a suspected drunk driver on North York Street in Muskogee on Friday, June 21. The rider has been identified as 32-year-old Josh Jackson, and his wife is 27-year-old Emily Jackson.
Josh was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, while Emily was brought to Saint John’s Hospital in Tulsa by helicopter for treatment.
The 2004 Harley Davidson was struck by a white 2007 Dodge Nitro being driven by 29-year-old Addison Clark. Clark’s vehicle was traveling northbound and turned west in front of the motorcycle, striking the bike.
Clark was arrested and has been charged with DUI, driving under suspension, no insurance, manslaughter, personal injury accident while under the influence, and transporting an open container.
Clark had seven previous arrests, including public intoxication and failure to appear in court.
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Legal Recourse For Drunk Driving Crash Victims & Their Families in Oklahoma
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents people who have been injured by drunk drivers and the families of fatal DUI crash victims in civil lawsuits. Brian has offered to share some general information on the legal options available to these victims and families in Oklahoma:
In Oklahoma and many other states, alcohol vendors can be held liable for serving a visibly intoxicated or underage customer if that customer causes an injury to someone else due to their intoxication. These are known as dram shop laws.
This means that if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver in Oklahoma, you may have the right to file both a personal injury lawsuit against that driver and, in the circumstances listed above, against a bar or other alcohol vendor who illegally sold or provided alcohol to the driver prior to the crash.
For example, let’s say Jerry visits Misty’s Bar and has several drinks. He begins to show visible signs of intoxication, such as falling off his stool and slurring his speech. However, the bartender continues to serve Jerry. Jerry then leaves the bar in his vehicle and causes a drunk driving crash that injures Tom. Tom may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against Jerry, as well as a dram shop lawsuit against Misty’s Bar.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed after being hit by a drunk driver in Oklahoma, you can learn more about your legal options by contacting an experienced drunk driving crash victims attorney.
North York Street in Muskogee, Oklahoma
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