Imagine being involved in an automobile accident on the streets of Peoria that leaves you with severe injuries as well as extensive damage to your vehicle. Then imagine discovering that the driver who caused the collision was driving while intoxicated. If such a scenario has already happened to you, your situation is the same as many of those that we here at Parker and Parker Attorneys at Law have helped in the past. In such an accident, there may be little question as to whether or not the drunk driver is liable. Yet can that liability be extended to those who helped him or her get to such a state?
Widely reported this past March, 2013, was the death of Dr. Barbara Penelton, 75, following a car crash. But nowhere in any article was mention given to the victim of the crash, Tammy Hall-Mathews, whose medical bills are in the mid-six figures and climbing following multiple surgeries, extended physical therapy, and potentially permanent injuries. In the articles discussing Dr. Penelton after the crash, Ms. Mathews is simply "the other driver," such as in the following reports: