The results of a police investigation in the aftermath of an accident caused by an Ohio drunk driver provided prosecutors with the evidence they needed to bring criminal charges against the driver. An investigation after an accident can also be an invaluable source of information for an attorney representing an accident victim or the family of person killed in an auto accident.
A recent report of a bicycle rider hit by a drunk driver illustrates the importance of a comprehensive investigation following an accident. The driver fled the scene after hitting the rider, but a description of the vehicle from witnesses was used by police to locate the car and its driver.
Prosecutors eventually charged the driver with aggravated vehicular homicide and drunken driving, but it was the evidence gathered by police that allowed them to do so. For example, the driver was away from the vehicle when it was located by an officer using the description. Although he admitted to being the owner, the driver denied responsibility for the auto accident by claiming that his girlfriend was the actual driver who hit a deer.
An accident caused by a drunk driver still requires an accident victim with serious injuries or, as in this case, fatal injuries to prove negligence in order to receive compensation. The evidence prosecutors will be using to prove the criminal charges against the driver may also help to establish liability in the civil case seeking medical expenses and other damages.
Personal injury attorneys know from their education and experience the forms of evidence needed to prove negligence on the part of a driver involved in a drunk driving accident. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, a consultation with a Columbus attorney could be helpful in learning your rights.
Source: Columbus Dispatch, “Canal Winchester man charged with fatally injuring bicyclist, fleeing scene,” Eric Lyttle, Aug 24, 2015