Summer holidays are a great time to get together with friends and family. Whether it is Memorial Day to kick off the summer, Labor Day to end the summer, or the Fourth of July, everyone likes a good party, barbeque, or trip to the local pub with buddies. Unfortunately, law enforcement is aware that these gatherings often involve drinking excessive alcohol. Every year, summer holiday revelers cause drunk driving car accidents that result in injuries and deaths.
A 29-year old man driving a car at 2:30 a.m. on the morning of the Fourth of July suffered severe injuries when his vehicle was rear ended by another driver. Authorities did not confirm whether the person who caused the accident was charged with a DUI or another crime. Officials did state that the responsible driver smelled like alcohol, and they think it may have been a drunk driving accident.
The crash’s impact mangled the victim’s car, and the man was unable to exit the vehicle on his own. Police were able to remove the man from the damaged car, and he was taken to an area medical center. The highway where the accident occurred was closed so that authorities could investigate the cause of the crash; it did not reopen until approximately 5:00 a.m.
The injured man will likely incur substantial medical expenses from the accident while he recovers from the serious injury. Depending on the result of the final accident investigation, the victim might want to meet with a personal injury attorney to discuss a lawsuit. Legal claims may be available to collect damages, such as doctor and hospital bills, lost wages, partial or total disability, and pain and suffering.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, “One seriously hurt in I-795 crash early Thursday,” Steve Kilar, July 4, 2013