When a car collision occurs, often the question asked by law enforcement was whether the driver at fault was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or if the driver may have been texting. Both are cited as serious issues in Massachusetts and people in Essex County likely know someone or have heard of someone who suffered serious injury in an accident involving one of these factors.

A 20-year old woman caused a car accident in Attleboro with a blood alcohol content that was twice the legal limit. The driver and the passenger of the vehicle she hit were both injured and the car appears to have been totaled. However, before the drunk driver got into her car, she sent a text to a friend stating that she was drunk.

The contents of this text pose an interesting question of whether it can be used against her in either a criminal court of law or a civil court of law, should the injured victims choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against her. While the woman has pled not guilty to the charges, the text is certainly an incriminating piece of evidence against her, especially because of the time and date that it was sent.

When an injured victim is suing an at fault driver for liability, it may be worth it to pay attention to any correspondence sent by that driver before the accident. Gathering as much evidence as possible will provide more strength to a claim and an experienced attorney may be of great benefit in acquiring this kind of evidence.

Source: New York Daily News, “Massachusetts woman sends ‘I’m drunk’ text before injuring two in accident,” Carol Kuruvilla, June 4, 2013

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