Pedestrian Injured, Driver Arrested After Suspected DUI Accident
Police in Springfield arrested the driver of an SUV after a pedestrian was injured in an accident with the vehicle on Sunday afternoon. The accident happened shortly before 2 p.m. at the intersection of Sunshine Street and Fort Avenue. Police say that a man was standing in the median and waiting to cross the street when a northbound Nissan SUV struck the pedestrian, pinning him to a traffic light pole.
When officers arrived at the scene, the man was still stuck between the vehicle and the pole. Emergency responders freed the pedestrian and brought him to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Police have not released the names of either party involved in the crash.
Drunk Driving Accident Liability in Missouri
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has some information he’d like to add on liability for drunk driving accidents in Missouri:
Like all other states, the victims of drunk driving accidents in Missouri have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident and the victim’s injuries. Additionally, Missouri is one of many states with “dram shop” laws which allow the victims of drunk drivers to file lawsuits against alcohol vendors who provided alcohol to the drunk driver, depending on the circumstances of the case.
In Missouri, only establishments that sell alcohol for consumption on their premises may be held liable. This means that bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and other businesses that sell alcohol to be consumed on their property can be sued by victims of drunk drivers if they continued to serve alcohol to a customer who was “visibly intoxicated.” However, liquor stores, beer stores, and other stores that sell packaged alcohol cannot be sued under state dram shop laws.
For example, imagine that Bob is drinking at a bar and begins stumbling while walking and slurring his words but the staff at the bar continues to serve him alcohol. Bob then leaves the bar in his car, causes a drunk driving accident, and injures Sue in the accident. Sue could have grounds for a personal injury claim against Bob, as well as a dram shop lawsuit against the bar that continued to serve Bob after he’d become visibly intoxicated.
If you or someone you love was recently hit by a drunk driver and you’re curious about your legal options, we highly advise discussing your case with an experienced DUI victims lawyer.
The Intersection of Sunshine St and Fort Ave