Friday, March 19, 2010

Maryland Judge to Stand Trial for Drunk Driving

A Washington County Circuit Court Judge is scheduled to stand trial for allegedly driving under the influence. He is accused of operating his sports-utility vehicle while intoxicated and sideswiping another vehicle in Hagerstown, Maryland. The driver of the other vehicle was treated for minor injuries. The Hagerstown Police Department indicated that the Judge has a blood-alcohol level of .18 percent. This is more than twice the legal limit.

This is an example of how a person in a position of power can also be punished in accordance with the laws of the state. The individual he struck could make a claim against his insurance carrier for his or her bodily injuries. Had this accident occurred in Virginia the injured person would be entitled to punitive damages in addition to any bodily injury recovery.

If you, a family member, or someone you know was involved in an automobile accident as the result of a person being intoxicated or if you would like more information on car accidents, please contact Portner & Shure for a free consultation. 

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