Cara E. Masciana Killed in Suspected DUI Accident
A woman was walking her dogs in Ballard when she was fatally struck by a suspected drunk driver on August 27. Police say the 65-year-old woman was crossing the intersection at 14th Avenue and 46th Street near Trader Joe’s at around 9:30 p.m. when she was struck by the vehicle, which allegedly ran through a stop sign. Emergency responders rushed the victim to Harborview Medical Center, but she passed away from her injuries on August 28. One of the dogs was injured in the wreck, and another ran away.
Liability For Drunk Driving Accidents
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has extensive experience representing the victims of drunk drivers. Here are some of his thoughts on holding third parties liable for providing alcohol to drunk drivers:
In Washington and most other states, local dram shop laws allow negligent third parties to be held liable for accidents caused by drunk drivers. These laws apply to alcohol vendors, such as bars, nightclubs, liquor stores, and restaurants.
If an alcohol vendor provides alcohol to someone who is “visibly intoxicated”, and that individual injures someone else in an accident because they were intoxicated, then the alcohol vendor could potentially be held liable if the injured person files a lawsuit.
Additionally, both licensed alcohol vendors and social hosts can be held liable for injury damages if they serve alcohol to someone under 21 and that person injures someone else in an alcohol-related accident.
Third-party liability for drunk driving accidents is complex, so it’s best for the victims of drunk drivers to consult with an experienced DUI accident victim lawyer to fully understand their legal rights.
Is This Intersection Dangerous? Local Coverage by KIRO 7
In a report by KIRO 7 in Seattle, neighbors voice their concerns that this intersection is unsafe because the stop signs are not adequately visible:
The Intersection of 46th Street and 14th Ave in Ballard