Man Arrested After Injuring Woman Trying to Stop Him From Driving Drunk
A woman was seriously injured in the parking lot of the Moose Lodge in Rochester Hills as she was attempting to stop a man from driving drunk.
At around 7 p.m. on Sunday, the 71-year-old woman followed her 66-year-old male friend into the parking lot and tried to stop him from driving while intoxicated. She tried to convince the man not to drive as he was sitting behind the wheel with the door open. She offered to be his designated driver, but he put the car in reverse and the open door struck the woman and knocked her down. She suffered severe leg injuries.
Others from the Moose Lodge witnessed the incident and called 911. Paramedics responded and brought the woman to Troy Beaumont Hospital where she was listed in stable condition and expected to recover.
The driver was at the scene when law enforcement arrived. He faces several charges related to driving drunk. Additionally, the authorities will be investigating whether or not the Moose Lodge was at fault for over-serving the man.
Liability for Alcohol-Related Accidents in Michigan
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps the victims of drunk drivers get the financial support they deserve. We’ve asked him to discuss liability for alcohol-related accidents in Michigan:
Like all other states, Michigan allows individuals injured in alcohol-related accidents to sue the individual responsible for causing the accident. Michigan is also one of many states that allow these victims to file lawsuits against businesses that serve alcohol to these individuals, depending on the circumstances leading up to the accident.
According to Michigan’s dram shop law, alcohol vendors can be held liable for an alcohol-related accident if providing the alcohol was a foreseeable cause of the injury and either of the following circumstances applies:
- the individual served was a minor under age 21, or
- the vendor continued serving alcohol to someone who was already visibly intoxicated.
For example, if a bar patron is stumbling while walking and slurring the words, the bar’s staff has a duty to stop serving them alcohol. If they continue to serve this patron and that individual injures someone else in an alcohol-related accident, then the bar could potentially be held liable for damages.
If you or someone you love was injured in an alcohol-related accident, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with an experienced DUI victim lawyer.
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