People who are injured by drunk drivers in Massachusetts have the ability to file personal injury lawsuits against the drivers who hit them as well as third parties liable for the crashes under the state’s dram shop laws and social host laws.
Dram show laws pertain to liquor establishments that served alcohol to obviously intoxicated patrons. Social host laws hold individuals liable for doing the same at private parties. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents are a lot more common in Cambridge than one might think.
Just last week a Cambridge man was arrested after he was allegedly involved in two drunk driving accidents in one night. According to police, the 33-year-old suspect was involved in one crash on Oct. 27 at 1:54 a.m. when he allegedly ran into a building.
The driver is said to have fled the scene, but left behind a bumper that police used to identify the suspect’s vehicle.
Soon later, police reported that the suspect’s vehicle was seen going the wrong way down Memorial Drive before crashing near Massachusetts Avenue. At that point, the suspect allegedly got out of the vehicle and fled on foot after seeing police.
When finally apprehending the man, police reported “a strong odor of alcohol” on his breath and that his eyes appeared glassy. However, the suspect allegedly refused to submit to a breath test.
According to the police report, the suspect was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, drunk driving, speeding, light violation, marked lane violation, negligent driving and reckless driving.
Luckily, no one was injured in either one of these suspected drunk driving accidents, but that is certainly not always the case.
Source: Cambridge Chronicle, “Drunk driver plowed into Cambridge building,” Auditi Guha, Nov. 3, 2011.