36-year-old Clayton Diltz of Naples was arrested and charged with DUI on Tuesday following a four-vehicle pileup that left at least one person seriously injured near the intersection of Immokalee Road and Valewood Drive.
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State troopers say that Diltz ran through a red light and struck another vehicle at around 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, seriously injuring the other driver. This initial collision led to a four-vehicle pile-up.
Troopers also said that Diltz had a blood alcohol level of .127 while at the hospital at 11:15 p.m., almost five hours after the crash. At the scene, he told officers that he had just left a bar but claimed that he had nothing to drink.
Witnesses report that other people involved with the crash were injured as well. However, the authorities have not released any specific details about other injuries. Diltz was also hospitalized following the crash.
The eastbound lanes of Immokalee Road and two of the westbound lanes were shut down for several hours on Tuesday night following the crash but have now been reopened.
Attorney Michael Haggard represents people who have been injured by drunk drivers, helping them find financial compensation through lawsuits and settlements. Michael has offered to share some general info with The Legal Herald regarding the legal options available to people injured by drunk drivers in Florida:
As individuals, we all owe each other a duty to avoid behaving in a way that endangers others. Legally, this is known as a duty of care. Driving drunk is a clear violation of this duty of care. When someone drives drunk and other people get injured, that person can be held liable if the injured parties decide to file lawsuits.
But the legal options don't always end here for people who have been injured by drunk drivers. In Florida and several other states, there are also dram shop laws which allow alcohol vendors to be held liable for damages for serving a customer who caused a drunk driving accident.
Dram shop laws only apply under certain conditions. In Florida, people injured by drunk drivers can file lawsuits against alcohol vendors for accidents caused by customers if the vendor served alcohol to someone who was under age 21 or "knowingly" provides alcohol to someone who is "habitually addicted" to alcohol.
Each drunk driving crash has unique circumstances which must be considered when taking legal action. You can learn more about your legal rights after being hit by a drunk driver in a free consultation with an experienced drunk driving accident victims lawyer.