Authorities reported the recent Tuscaloosa DUI arrest of a 20-year-old woman near the University of Alabama campus, after she had allegedly struck a utility pole, causing a power outage.
Although the driver and two passengers suffered injuries, our Tuscaloosa DUI accident lawyers know these types of collisions are often far more tragic.
With class back in session for college students and football season in full swing, we unfortunately suspect this is just the beginning of the near-campus DUI crashes.
We believe that, with football season underway, we are soon going to see a rash of injuries stemming from young drivers who take the streets following raucous tailgating gatherings, sports bar patronage and house parties.
The problem is that alcohol consumption tends to be so closely intertwined culturally with sporting events – and football in particular.
Some city police departments across the country are anticipating much of the same, and as such, are providing “tailgating party kits” that encourage gridiron fans to prepare before the games this fall. For example, in Strongsville, OH, the local police are providing party hosts with kits that include:
We believe this is an excellent idea. Although it hasn’t caught on locally, Tuscaloosa football fans would do well to have this same kind of preparation in mind when planning their own celebrations.
College students may not realize that if they are hosting an alcohol-fueled get-together, they could face civil liability if one of their guests drives drunk and seriously injures or kills someone.
Anyone planning a tailgating party should take the following steps to keep guests safe:
The best celebrations end with everyone making it home safely. We strongly encourage you to do your part this season to make sure that happens.
Police: DUI accident caused power outage near UA campus, Sept. 10, 2013, Staff Report, Tuscaloosa News
Alabama Child Injury and the Risk of School Sports, Aug. 15, 2013, Tuscaloosa DUI Injury Lawyer Blog
"We realize there are many options for representation out there, and we talked with several of the "big names" before finding Cross and Smith. With the others, it felt like we were being bullied, in a tank with hungry sharks. We are still receiving junk mail from some. We are SO thankful we were referred to Justin Smith (Cross and Smith) for our accident claim. He and his team were absolutely amazing."