A now former attorney was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the drunk driving wrongful death of a 31-year-old woman and injuries to two others. While driving from a football game and fueled by twice the legal amount of alcohol, Tolliver caused the car crash when he ran a red light and slammed his SUV into an oncoming cab. The impact instantly killed 31-year-old, mother of two, Shannon Brown, while the other passenger suffered severe injuries of a collapsed lung along with loss of sight in one eye and the cab driver's injuries put him in a coma for several weeks. See: St Louis Lawyer blog article: TBI and Drunk Driving Trends
This guy had 4 separate prior DWI convictions. This is not a new situation, repeat offenders severely injuring and killing innocent victims. See Missouri Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Ben Sansone Obtains St Louis County Judgment of $2.3 Million. The intoxicated driver's family members stated that he was receiving regular treatments; however, part of his probation agreement from his latest DWI conviction was that he not be allowed to drive. Though some may argue that after two convictions it should be realized the offender has no intention of obeying the law, but once again it took 4 DWI convictions, a death of a mother and permanent dismemberment and traumatic brain injury to others for a Fulton County Judge to "let the community know such behavior deserves severe punishment." As such and per a plea deal, she sentenced Tolliver to 25 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of serious injury by vehicle, all while driving under the influence.
I have represented injured parties in other motor vehicle accidents involving drunk drivers. See Missouri Injury Law Blog: Drunk driving Law . While this is apparently a case of blatant intoxication with tragic results, many cases where the actions of the driver are just as egregious do not get the media attention because the driver did not kill anyone or severely harm them. But does that make their reckless actions any less reckless? I say no, we are currently pursuing five or six drunk driving cases with minor injuries.
When the driver was drunk but the injuries are minor, the insurance companies resist settlement because the injuries are not massive and therefore ignore the fact their driver was drunk. These cases must be pursued vigorously however some lawyer give up too easily on these cases . See: Illinois Drunk Driving Car Accident - My Client was Rear Ended by a Drunk Driver Going Approximately 60 MPH - Prior Illinois Personal Injury Lawyers Failed to Pursue Claim- Case Referred to Us for Trial
If you or a loved one are the victim of a reckless drunk driver, even if the injuries are minor, contact St Louis drunk driving accident lawyer Ben Sansone today for a free consultation. We aggressively pursue these cases.