As a Birmingham drunk driving defense lawyer, I have represented many motorists accused of being drunk at the time of an accident. I'm especially concerned for my clients with DUI incidents involving injury accidents. Alabama's local and state police take a very dim view of drivers who even have the slightest appearance of intoxication. When others have been hurt or killed, law enforcement and the courts are highly suspicious of the circumstances especially where alcohol is concerned.
A recent news article reported a surprising trend in DUI crashes involving female drivers. Apparently, a study of accidents between 2007 and 2008 showed an increase in the number of impaired female drivers involved in automobile accidents, including fatal crashes. This reminded me of a DUI-related accident that injured an Alabama motorcyclist the other day.
According to police, Tanya Perez of Springhill, Florida, collided with the motorcycle being driven by an Elba, AL, man. The 31-year-old woman was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road in her 1997 Ford when her vehicle struck the motorcycle of Terry Williamson, who lost a leg during the accident.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene, Williamson, 43, was treated and immediately transported to Troy Regional Medical Center. The severity of his injuries required hospital staff to airlift the man to Baptist South in Montgomery.
Police reports indicate that the accident was caused by the woman's intoxication. Perez was taken into custody and held in the Pike County Jail following the accident. This is a serious situation for this woman. Being from out of state as she is, and allegedly having caused severe injury to another driver, Perez will need to retain an experienced drunk driving defense attorney to handle her case.
Woman faces DUI charges after motorcycle wreck, TroyMessaenger.com, August 18, 2009
Women involved in increasing number of DUI Crashes, KTNV.com, August 22, 2009