In 2009, there were 108 alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities in Massachusetts; countless other people were injured in similar alcohol-related accidents.
The consequences of any car accident can be devastating and life-changing. Under Massachusetts law, any driver with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is considered under the influence.
If a driver involved in an accident is convicted of Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol (or Drugs), there is a very good chance that the same driver will also be found liable for damages. In other words, a criminal conviction for drunk driving may assist in establishing liability against the drunk driver and ensuring a proper settlement for damages. Types of damages that may be recoverable include:
It is also important to know that in Massachusetts, bars and restaurants can be held responsible for damages in an OUI accident if it is found that they continued to serve an intoxicated customer who was the cause of an accident. Similar laws impose liability on private individuals who host parties where alcohol is served.
Even in cases where the driver is not convicted of a OUI in criminal court, you can still recover damages in a civil suit.
The aftermath of a drunk driving accident can be a difficult time for everyone involved. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident with a drunk driver in Boston, contact Sweeney Merrigan Law. Our Boston personal injury attorneys are sensitive to the needs of clients injured these accidents and possess the skill and dedication required to pursue all possible avenues of recovery for our clients.