As a Birmingham drunk driving defense lawyer, I know that a DUI-related traffic accident can become very complicated when injuries are involved. Multiple-vehicle accidents can, of course, result in serious injuries and sometimes death. However, driving while intoxicated and hitting a pedestrian or cyclist can up the ante significantly in the eyes of a local prosecutor. This is why anyone arrested in Alabama for driving under the influence of alcohol should retain the services of a qualified DUI defense attorney.
A recent news story coming out of Baldwin County, AL, details an all too common scenario involving an inebriated motorist and several unlucky bicyclists. According to police reports, three cyclists were pedaling on a Saturday morning along County Road 1 just south of Point Clear. Around 8:30 a.m. the three were hit by a driver identified as Bradford Maples, a resident of Fairhope, AL.
Alabama State Troopers discovered the injured bicyclists, including Angela Ross, Craig Ross and Tracey Wall, all from Fairhope as well. Emergency personnel treated the three at the scene and then transported them to hospitals for further examination. Wall was airlifted to the University of South Alabama Medical Center USA Medical Center in Mobile, while the other two cyclists were taken to Fairhope's Thomas Hospital. According to new reports, none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
Police arrested the allegedly drunk driver on charges of DUI. Authorities said that they may press additional charges in the future. Being an experienced DUI defense lawyer, I can say that the injuries sustained by those bicyclists may cause additional difficulty for Mr. Maples. Also, if this is not his first DUI offense, I know for certain that repeat drunk driving offenders are looked on very dimly by law enforcement and judicial authorities. If so, he will no doubt need professional representation during his trial, assuming the charges are valid.
Bicyclists Hit By Suspected Drunk Driver, wkrg.com, August 22, 2009