A Massachusetts man is still suffering from a traumatic brain injury following a 2012 multi-vehicle accident involving a drunk driver. After being in a coma for weeks and nearly dying from a torn aorta, the victim had to spend one year relearning to walk. Although years of rehabilitation may be necessary to treat his brain injury, money from the responsible party’s insurance is not covering his medical expenses.
The accident occurred along the northbound lane of Route 7 on Feb. 28, 2012, when the drunk driver, a 36-year-old man from Sandy Hook, Connecticut, was seen weaving in and out of traffic. After colliding head-on with the victim’s Dodge Neon, the drunk driver’s car flew up and landed on top of a second car. The 24-year-old driver in the second car was pronounced dead at the scene.
The drunk driver, who was also charged with the death of the 24-year-old woman, was sentenced to 15-18 years in Cedar Junction state prison on Aug. 1. After handing down the sentence, the presiding judge commented that the accused displayed “a clear disrespect for the law in every aspect.” With a record of violent behavior and seven prior drunk driving charges, the 36-year-old man admitted that he has only remained sober while in jail. Although he displayed his remorse in the courtroom, the accused had allegedly threatened to kill a bystander at the scene of the crash for attempting to restrain him.
A traumatic brain injury can result in a huge range of problems, many of which require long-term care and physical therapy. Often, the guilty party’s insurance will not cover the high cost of rehabilitation. After suffering from a serious brain injury, it is usually necessary for the victim to file a personal injury lawsuit. An experienced lawyer could help the victim to receive due compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering by establishing that the responsible driver was reckless or negligent.
Source: The Berkshire Eagle, “Man gets 15-18 years for drunken driving crash that killed Sheffield woman, 24”, Andrew Amelinckx, August 01, 2013