Five cars were involved in an accident that authorities say was caused by a drunk driver. This will be the third time the Wisconsin man has been charged with driving under the influence. Luckily, only one person suffered any injuries this time.

The driver apparently acknowledged that he had ingested a 24 ounce beer prior to getting behind the wheel of his vehicle on the day of the accident. It may not be surprising that the driver does not know how the accident occurred, considering his blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit at 0.15 percent. According to authorities, the man was so impaired that he wasn’t even able to participate in roadside impairment tests.

Some of the drivers involved in the accident were also unaware of what happened. A witness was able to tell police that the driver had passed her vehicle at a high rate of speed just before slamming into another vehicle that was changing lanes. Records indicate that the driver was supposed to have an ignition interlock system on his vehicle; but, the vehicle he was driving at the time of the accident did not have one. One person suffered injuries that were initially described as minor and was taken to an area hospital.

While there appear to have been only minor injuries in this accident, it could have been much worse. In those instances where serious injury or death is caused by the negligence of another, regardless of whether the responsible party was driving under the influence, a civil action may be filed to recover the financial losses suffered as a result of an accident. In that case, it may be helpful for anyone considering a civil action against the driver to follow the progress of the criminal proceedings. Any conviction achieved may be offered as evidence of liability in a related civil proceeding. If negligence is proven, financial losses for things such as lost wages and other out-of-pocket expenses allowable under Wisconsin law may be awarded.

Source: Link Newspaper, “Singh Drinks Heineken, Causes 5 Car Accident,” Dec. 22, 2012