Two people were injured when an allegedly drunk driver crashed into a parked car on Pursley Avenue in Pensacola early Sunday morning. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Stephen Neil Rigsby was driving south on Pursley Avenue when he hit a car parked off the side of the road.
Two people were trying to enter the car at the time of the accident and were struck by Rigsby's vehicle. Julie Gould suffered critical injuries while Patrick Gould suffered minor injuries.
Rigsby attempted to flee the scene, but witnesses stopped him. He has been charged with DUI causing serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of a crash, and reckless driving causing serious injury. He has been released on a $17,500 bond.
Michael Haggard has experience helping the victims of drunk drivers get the financial compensation they deserve. Here are some of his thoughts on liability for drunk driving accidents in Florida:
You may already know that the victims of drunk drivers often file personal injury claims against the driver. But did you know that in Florida and many other states, alcohol vendors such as bars and nightclubs can sometimes be held liable for drunk driving injuries?
The specifics of dram shop laws vary from state to state. In Florida, alcohol vendors can be held liable for providing alcohol to a minor under age 21 or providing alcohol to someone who is "habitually addicted" to alcohol.
If you or someone you love has been hit by a drunk driver in Florida and you're curious about your legal options, we recommend discussing your case with an experienced DUI victim lawyer.