On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Friday, November 29, 2013.
Car accident victims have legal remedies to consider to help with catastrophic injuries that may result from a car crash. A man was recently arrested in connection with a car crash that left a 21-year-old student attending OSU, a little over an hour south of Portland, in critical condition. The man was arrested on multiple charges, following the car accident. The man allegedly ran a red light and slammed into another car driven by the victim. The female victim had to be extricated from her vehicle. She was subsequently taken to the hospital where she was listed in critical condition. The man suffered minor injuries, and, once he was released from the hospital, he was charged with second-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants, first degree criminal mischief, driving with a revoked license and reckless driving. Car accidents, including those caused by drunk drivers, can lead to catastrophic injuries. Because victims can suffer significant, and unexpected, injuries which can lead to lost wages and medical expenses, car accident victims have the option to bring a personal injury claim against the drunk driver. This may allow to the victim to receive compensation for the damages, including lost wages and medical expenses, suffered. Typically, a drunk driver will be considered negligent in causing an accident. In addition to criminal charges the drunk driver may face, those charges will likely serve as evidence that the drunk driver was negligent in causing the car crash and car accident victim’s injuries. To offset unexpected costs following a car accident, car accident victims may wish to bring a personal injury claim to recover damages which can also include pain and suffering damages as a result of the car crash. As such, a personal injury attorney can guide a car accident victim through possible options following the unexpected trauma of a car accident. Source: The Oregonian, “McMinnville man arrested in connection with car crash that critically injures OSU student,” Tom Hallman Jr., Nov. 22, 2013