The Florida Highway Patrol has launched an investigation into what caused a three-vehicle accident on the night of April 10. A report from police indicated that a 2012 Lexus being driven by a 41-year-old from Avon, Connecticut was heading west on Bee Ridge Road toward where the road intersects with Tuttle Ave. at around 7:40 p.m. that evening. Meanwhile, a 67-year-old man from Tallevast was driving a 1999 Toyota Corolla north on Swift Road toward its intersection with Bee Ridge Road, and a 26-year-old Sarasota man was driving a 2003 Honda Accord south on Tuttle Ave., approaching Bee Ridge Road.
The man driving the Accord brought his vehicle to a stop at the intersection to wait for a red light, and the man driving the Corolla had a green light to pass through the intersection. However, the driver of the Lexus reportedly disobeyed his red light, driving right through the intersection and striking the front right side of the Corolla. The resulting collision caused the Corolla to be pushed into the stopped Accord.
The driver of the Corolla was taken to the hospital with critical injuries, while the driver of the Lexus was also injured and charged with failure to stop at a red light, along with driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury.
When drivers cause accidents while intoxicated, they may face serious criminal charges in addition to likely civil litigation from the individuals affected. In these situations, plaintiffs may be able to use the fact that the at-fault driver is facing criminal charges as part of their case, as those convicted of DUIs after a crash are automatically presumed to be negligent.
For more information on how you may file a lawsuit if you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, meet with an experienced Bradenton injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh right away.