Riding With A Drunken Driver May Result In Death, Or A Drastically Altered Life
Mar 22, 2013
“Drinking and driving still seems to be a national pastime,” stated Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “No matter how much coverage a death by drunken driver gets, how many educational campaigns are launched, people still drive while under the influence. And, not only that, but they also still choose to ride with a drunk driver; often a serious or fatal mistake in judgment.”
Consider the case of a 21-year-old man who willingly chose to get into a car whose driver was three-sheets to the wind. The accident he was in was absolutely catastrophic and no one thought the young man would survive. He was given 24-hours to live, if that. Instead, he remained in a coma for four long months. When he came to, he had traumatic brain injuries and had to be fed through a tube. “This was not the life he had intended to live,” said Lee.
He began therapy and miraculous things began to happen. He made progress beyond everyone’s hopes and dreams. Today, he is able to walk and even eat soft foods. He is learning to speak again and in talking to others, either verbally, or through the auspices of an iPad, he always mentions his biggest regret in life was getting into a car with the driver plastered out of his mind.
“Not everyone involved in a wreck with a drunk lives to tell about it, or recovers enough to even have some semblance of a life later. This young man is doing well, but the cost of his care is enormous. Chances are his parents will file a personal injury lawsuit to obtain compensation for his astronomical medical bills; bills that will keep on coming for the rest of his life,” Lee observed. Only a personal injury lawyer is able to be the voice of justice for someone in a situation such as this.
Lee, Gober and Reyna
11940 Jollyville Road, Suite 220-S
Austin, Texas 78759