Drunk driving is a serious safety issue on Massachusetts roads. Police work hard to apprehend drunk drivers, but they aren't always detected before an accident occurs. Drivers who cause car accidents while they're intoxicated are liable for injuries and property damage, since drunk driving is considered negligent behavior.
Recently on a roadway in Attleboro, several emergency calls were placed in response to a five vehicle accident appearing to be caused by one woman that was said to be driving under the influence. The woman was charged with DUI as well as negligent operation of a motor vehicle, violations of marked lanes, and operating a motor vehicle without a license. It is not stated exactly how the car accident came about, but it appears that the woman's inability to remain in-lane may have initiated the multi-vehicle crash.
Three individuals involved in this accident were taken to area hospitals with injuries that were not initially thought to be life-threatening, though it is not said how severe these injuries still may have been. These individuals, should they have sustained serious injuries, may be entitled to seek reimbursement for medical bills and other damages. Compensation for car accidents can also include additional payment for pain and suffering endured as a result of the driver's alleged negligent driving. Following the accident, the woman was taken into custody. The same woman was charged with DUI in the past, when she was 17 years old, for a hit-and-run death of a pedestrian. Since she is a repeat offender it is likely that her criminal penalties will be more severe than for a first time drunk driver.
Source: Boston.com, "Police say 22-year-old Norfolk woman caused multi-car crash in Attleboro; she faces 2nd drunken driving charge," Colin A. Young, May 21, 2012