Establishing Liability Following a Connecticut Drunk Driving Accident

Even with harsh DUI laws in place, many people still get behind the wheel when they have had too much to drink, putting everyone else at risk. In Connecticut, Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 14-227a states:

Whiskey with KeysNo person shall operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or both. A person commits the offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or both if such person operates a motor vehicle (1) while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or both, or (2) while such person has an elevated blood alcohol content.

Under that statute, elevated blood alcohol content generally means “eight-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol,” or .08 or higher. However, as stated in Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 14-227g, for a driver under 21 years old, it is .02 or higher.

Those who have been injured in a crash involving a drunk driver can use evidence that the driver was operating a vehicle while under the influence of liquor or drugs in violations of § 14-227a of the Connecticut General Statutes to show that the driver was at fault for the crash. Examples of such evidence include witness testimony, blood tests, and expert testimony.

Connecticut Police Officer Charged with DUI After Crash

A police officer in Bridgeport, Connecticut was recently arrested and charged with drunk driving after he was involved in a wrong-way crash. According to a news article, he reportedly had a blood alcohol content level of .25, which is over three times the legal limit. The officer’s car hit the car of a 19-year-old woman who was the granddaughter of Bridgeport’s former mayor. She suffered right ankle fractures and a broken right wrist, and she was required to undergo surgery. Both drivers had to be extricated by firefighters.

The police officer, who had worked for the police department for seven years, was charged with operating under the influence, driving the wrong way, failure to drive right, and second-degree assault with a motor vehicle. He was reportedly leaving a party shortly after midnight when the crash occurred. The officer suffered minor injuries and was placed on administrative duty after the crash. He reportedly did not remember being in a car accident when he was at the hospital. He was released after he posted bond, and his criminal case is ongoing.

Fairfield County Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

The legal system is complex and should not be navigated alone. At Brickley Law, we understand the laws concerning your case and are prepared to offer you our knowledgeable assistance. When you trust New Canaan car accident lawyer Ann Halan Brickley, you receive the caring, qualified, and experienced representation that you deserve. By partnering with an experienced local attorney, you can be certain that your legal rights will be vigorously protected. Call Brickley Law today at (203) 599-3600.

See Additional Blog Posts:

Driverless Cars Present New Legal Questions in Connecticut and Across the Country, Connecticut Injury Lawyer Blog, April 11, 2018.

Connecticut Court Finds Car Dealership Not Liable for Accident Involving Car with Dealership License Plate, Connecticut Injury Lawyer Blog, March 26, 2018.

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