According to recent news reports from Memphis Tennessee a female cyclist has suffered severe injury after being struck by a suspected drunk driver who then fled the scene. The injury accident occurred on Saturday July 16 when 29-year-old Saheem Wright of Midtown was headed south on Cooper and turned onto Evelyn Ave. where he struck the female bicyclist. She was taken to Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Her condition has since been upgraded to non-critical. Wright attempted to flee the scene but a witness used his own car to prevent Wright from doing so. He was apprehended by authorities and registered a .155 BAC level. He was subsequently charged with DUI reckless driving public intoxication leaving the scene of an injury accident and driving without insurance.
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When a suspected drunk driver causes an accident resulting in injury to another person that alleged drunk driver may be held civilly liable for the results of their actions even if they may also be facing criminal charges. Furthermore if the reported drunk driver was over-served alcohol at a negligent bar or restaurant prior to the wreck the alcohol-serving establishment may also be held civilly liable for the accident insofar as a connection can be shown from the bar to the driver to the accident. This is due to dram shop laws that exist in most states. However a thorough investigation must often be conducted in order to ascertain whether such a chain of events may have been a contributing factor to this unfortunate accident.
Texas Drunken Driving Accident Lawyer Michael Grossman