74-year-old William Barry was arrested on drunk driving charges after allegedly striking and injuring two pedestrians in the parking lot of an Applebee's location in Woburn on Sunday night.
Woburn police responded to reports of a pedestrian crash in the parking lot of the Applebee's on Elm Street at around 6:45 p.m. According to the authorities, Barry was behind the wheel of his car and suddenly accelerated through a parking space, up onto a pedestrian ramp. In the process, he reportedly pinned a man against the restaurant's exterior and knocked a woman onto the ground.
Both victims were hospitalized and the woman's injuries are considered serious.
Barry is charged with operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury and operating after registration revocation. According to the police, Barry was under the influence of liquor at the time of the crash.
Read below for more details on options for victims who have gone through pain and suffering after hit by drunk driver.
Attorney contributor Kim Dougherty represents drunk driving crash victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Here is Kim with some discussion of the forms of financial compensation available to these families and victims in Massachusetts:
In Massachusetts and all other states, individuals who have been injured by drunk drivers may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against that driver. Massachusetts is also one of several states with dram shop laws, which are used in lawsuits against alcohol vendors for serving the drunk driver prior to the crash.
Dram shop laws vary from state to state. In Massachusetts, an alcohol vendor can be held liable for injuries caused by a customer if the vendor served or sold alcohol to that customer after he or she had become "visibly intoxicated." When an alcohol vendor continues serving a visibly intoxicated customer and that customer goes on to injure others in a drunk driving crash after leaving the establishment, those injured may have grounds for a lawsuit against the business.
Each drunk driving case is unique and determining liability will likely require legal guidance. You can learn more about your legal options after being injured by a drunk driver in Massachusetts by speaking with an experienced dram shop liability attorney.