7 Injured in 2-Vehicle Accident in West Valley City
Seven people were hospitalized, one with critical injuries, after a two-vehicle accident involving a suspected drunk driver in West Valley City early Sunday morning.
Police responded to reports of a crash near the intersection of 4300 South and 5600 West at about 1:30 a.m. A vehicle was traveling east near 4300 South and attempted to make a right-hand turn onto 5600 West, but failed to yield to a vehicle traveling south on 5600 West. The vehicles collided, and both had four occupants. Seven of the eight people involved in the crash were hospitalized for injury treatment. One victim was in critical condition with a possible skull fracture. The eighth person was released at the scene and did not require hospitalization.
The driver of the vehicle that was attempting to turn right was an unnamed 27-year-old woman, who police believe may have been drunk. She could be arrested on suspicion of DUI after she is released from the hospital. Police are expected to push for a felony DUI offense because of the number and severity of the injuries suffered in the accident.
Legal Rights of DUI Accident Victims in Utah
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps the victims of drunk drivers recover the financial compensation they deserve. Here is his perspective on the legal options available to these victims in Utah:
In addition to having grounds for a personal injury claim against the drunk driver, victims of DUI accidents in Utah also may have the option to file a lawsuit against a third party for providing the alcohol to the drunk driver. This second type of lawsuit is filed under either dram shop or social host liability laws, and the eligibility to file a third-party liability lawsuit will depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident.
In Utah, alcohol vendors can be held liable for injuries and damages suffered in alcohol-related accidents if the vendor “gives, sells, or otherwise provides an alcoholic product” to someone who is:
- under 21 years of age, or
- “apparently under the influence” of drugs or alcohol, or
- “a known interdicted person”, aka someone legally ordered not to consume alcohol,
- and the person who receives the alcohol goes on to cause an accident as a result of consuming the alcohol.
Social hosts (such as house party hosts) can be held liable for providing alcohol to minors under age 21 if one of those minors causes an alcohol-related accident as a result of consuming the alcohol.
If you or a loved one has been hit by a drunk driver in Utah and you’d like to explore your legal options, you can learn more by speaking with an experienced DUI victims lawyer.