It is not uncommon for Massachusetts residents to have a drink or two on any given day. Whether after work, on a day off, or during an outing with friends, alcoholic beverages can be a way to socialize and unwind. However, it is wholly unacceptable to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle when one in impaired by alcohol. Tragically, though, many individuals ignore this and wind up causing serious injurious, or even fatal, car accidents.
One of these wrecks happened recently, leaving one man injured. It is unclear at this time how the accident occurred, but authorities said when they arrived they found one vehicle on its roof. The driver of that vehicle was arrested and charged with drunk driving, speeding, a marked lanes violation, and negligent operation. The driver of the second vehicle involved in the crash was taken to the hospital with what is being reported as nonlife-threatening injuries.
Even injuries that are not life-threatening can be quite serious. Broken bones, serious cuts and gashes, and neck and head injuries can leave a victim severely physically impaired, perhaps resulting in permanent disability. Additionally, these individuals often incur extensive medical bills and lose wages from time that must be taken off from work in order to focus on recovery. This is unfair and should not be tolerated.
In response to those physical, emotional, and financial losses, a drunk driving accident victim can file a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney may be able to help a victim show that the driver responsible for the accident was intoxicated, and that his or her negligence caused the victim compensable damages. Therefore, even though a victim may not want to get tangled up in a lawsuit immediately after an accident, he or she should be mindful that it may prove to be extremely beneficial.
Source: The Boston Globe, “Man charged with drunken driving in Boston crash that injured one,” Nicole Fleming, Aug. 16, 2015