Drunk Driver Responsible For Buffalo Car Accident That Injures Two

by William Mattar | June 25th, 2012

June 25, 2012

Drunk driving is just one of the traffic safety epidemics facing New York today. Statistics from the Century Council show that in 2010, 365 lives were lost and thousands were injured statewide due to accidents involving drivers under the influence of alcohol. Worse yet, a majority of those fatal accidents were caused by repeat offenders whose blood alcohol levels were more than double the legal limit.

A Buffalo Car Accident that occurred this past Wednesday night happened under these circumstances. The Buffalo News reports that the crash happened just after 11 p.m. on Oliver Street. There, police say, the 47-year-old driver of a 1995 Dodge tried to stop short for a stop sign, but instead lost control of the vehicle and hit a parked car. The driver fled the scene, this time jumping a curb and striking a couple walking their dogs moments before crashing into the Erie Canal.

The couple who were hit both suffered serious injuries, including a broken ankle and severe lacerations. One of their dogs was killed as well.

Neither the drunk driver nor his passenger was injured. The driver was charged with second-degree vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and among other charges.

The Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers with the William Mattar Law Offices say that repeat drunk drivers face stiffer penalties for causing accidents and anyone who is injured by one of these careless drivers should contact an experienced attorney immediately.