Drunk drivers cause serious accidents across the nation every day. Their reckless actions can ripple through families‚ forever altering the course of some lives while ending others entirely. Often‚ intoxicated drivers take no evasive maneuvers prior to a crash‚ meaning they could be traveling at high speed and strike other vehicles dead-on. Accident survivors can face grueling therapy and multiple surgeries as they attempt to recover from their injuries. As a passenger in a pickup truck with a small child, our client came face-to-face with this reality.
As her father drove the truck, our client checked on her baby‚ fastened firmly in a car seat. A vehicle was approaching at high speed at an upcoming intersection. The car‚ driven by a drunken migrant farm worker‚ raced through a stop sign and crashed into the pickup truck on our client’s side. Her arm absorbed a majority of the impact energy from the crash‚ snapping bones so violently that they pushed through her skin. Her baby‚ miraculously‚ was unharmed in the accident‚ most likely due to our client’s careful fastening of the baby in her car seat.
Emergency medical personnel rushed our client to the hospital where doctors diagnosed a compound fracture in her right arm.
Our client’s injuries to her arm required invasive surgery. Doctors had to implant metal rods‚ pins and screws to realign the broken bones and aid the healing process. Our legal team aggressively pursued the claim and presented documented police reports of the crash as well as testimony from our client’s healthcare providers to the insurance company involved in the case. The $240‚000 settlement we obtained for our client serves to compensate her for the severity of her injuries‚ the pain she’ll experience in the years to come and the permanent disfigurement to her arm. Holding a drunk driver accountable for the terrible damage he caused also serves as a deterrent to others who might think to engage in such careless behavior.