Alleged Drunk Driver in Long Island Drives Vehicle into Bar
A driver who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol drove his vehicle into the side of a Long Island bar in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 24. The 23-year-old man reportedly had two other passengers in his vehicle when the crash occurred at approximately 1 a.m. He apparently lost control of his vehicle in Franklin Square, crashing into the Brews Brothers Tavern and damaging a utility pole and the Allstate Insurance store next door.
The man was charged with driving while intoxicated, two counts of second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief and reckless driving. He had to be treated for shoulder abrasions at a nearby hospital. The front-seat passenger suffered contusions to his right lung, while the backseat passenger had a fractured rib.
Impaired drivers display negligence
Anyone who operates a vehicle after having too much to drink is engaging in an incredibly dangerous and negligent activity that risks the lives of everyone with whom they share the road. In addition to the criminal penalties they may face, drunk drivers may need to provide compensation to the individuals they injure in any accidents they cause.
In this recent case, it’s likely that either of the passengers of the vehicle could seek damages through a personal injury claim. Additionally, the owners of the bar and the insurance store could sue the driver for the damage caused to their buildings.
In most personal injury lawsuits, victims must prove that the defendant was negligent in his or her actions. This can be straightforward when a driver at fault for a crash was intoxicated, as drunk drivers are typically considered automatically liable.
To learn more about your options if you’ve been injured in a drunk driving crash, work with an experienced personal injury attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP.