Road Construction Worker Injured In Suspected DUI Crash
A road construction worker was injured in the early morning of Sunday, August 26 after a suspected drunk driver crashed into him on Redwood Road. 50-year-old Richard S. Pressley was driving the vehicle that struck the unnamed worker. He was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of DUI resulting in serious bodily injury.
At approximately 2 a.m. on Sunday, West Valley police say Pressley was driving north on Redwood Road and swerved into a construction crew working on a repaving project near 3600 South. An unnamed man in his early 20’s was struck and injured in the accident. He was brought to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police gave Pressley a DUI breathalyzer test and he registered a .204, which is roughly 2.5 times the legal limit. Pressley has a history of drunk driving offenses – he was found guilty of intoxication in 2014 and in 1993, he pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment as a reduced DUI charge.
Liability for Drunk Driving Accidents in Utah
Here are some thoughts on the legal options available to drunk driving victims from Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney:
When a negligent driver causes an accident and injures someone else, the victim(s) often have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. Driving while intoxicated is a fairly clearcut example of negligent driving, so the victims of drunk drivers usually have a case for a personal injury claim. Additionally, Utah and many other states have dram shop laws which allow third parties to be held liable for drunk driving accidents under certain conditions.
According to Utah’s dram shop laws, alcohol manufacturers and vendors can be held liable for injuries and damages suffered by drunk driving victims if the manufacturer or vendor provides alcohol to someone who meets any of the following conditions:
- Under age 21
- “Apparently under the influence” of drugs or alcohol
- Someone who the manufacturer or vendor “knew or should have known under the circumstances” was under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- “A known interdicted person” – someone who has been ordered not to drink alcohol
If someone who meets one or more of this conditions is provided with alcohol and that person causes an accident because they ingested that alcohol, the vendor or manufacturer who provided the alcohol could be held liable for damages if the victim decides to file a lawsuit.
Determining if you have grounds for a dram shop lawsuit is complicated, so we advise victims of drunk drivers to speak about their case with an experienced DUI victim lawyer.
Redwood Road and 3600 South in West Valley City