Police in Warrington Township said that a drunk driver hit two other vehicles head-on early Tuesday morning on Bristol Road, resulting in serious injuries for one person. Thomas Stafford was charged with aggravated assault while DUI and operating a motor vehicle without the consent of the vehicle owner. The seriously injured victim remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit.
According to the authorities, the accident happened on Bristol Road near Woodrose Manor Drive at around 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18. Stafford was driving a Subaru Legacy and allegedly left the westbound lane and crossed into the eastbound lanes on Bristol Road, causing a head-on collision with two other cars.
One individual was rushed to Abington Hospital with serious head injuries and remains in the ICU.
Stafford was arraigned before Judge Seaman and his bail was set at 10% of $1,000,000. He remains in Bucks County Prison.
Brian Kent helps the victims of drunk drivers get the financial compensation they deserve. He’s offered to share some input on the legal rights of DUI accident victims and their families in Pennsylvania:
According to the Pennsylvania Liquor Code, the victims of drunk drivers can recover financial compensation in two different ways. First, by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver who caused the accident and injuries. However, the state’s dram shop laws also allow these victims to file lawsuits against businesses that sold or provided alcohol to the drunk driver, depending on specific circumstances.
In Pennsylvania, alcohol vendors like bars and nightclubs can be sued for when a customer causes an alcohol-related accident if that customer was served after they’d become visibly intoxicated. Additionally, any violation of the state’s liquor code is considered “negligence per se”, meaning that there are many different liquor code violations that may be considered grounds for a dram shop lawsuit.
If you or someone you love was hit by a drunk driver and you’re curious about your legal options, you can learn more by speaking with an experienced DUI victims lawyer.