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Accident victim’s recovery shows human cost of drunk driving

News accounts of drunk driving-related accidents often focus on the accident itself and mention the injuries suffered in connection with it almost as an afterthought. A recent incident that took place in Columbus, Ohio, offers some deeper insight on the long-term ramifications that such injuries can have on the lives of the injured.

A nurse participated in an event called "Pub Crawl for a Cure" on the night of the accident. How many bars she went to, and how much he had to drink is not clear. What is known is that when she was driving her vehicle afterward, she crossed the center-line and hit another vehicle.

The occupant of the other vehicle survived, but suffered extensive injuries which have required months of medical treatment. In addition to multiple metal implants in her legs, arm and head, she has also had to relearn how to walk and how to otherwise take care of herself.

The alleged drunk driver faces criminal charges of aggravated vehicular assault and operating a vehicle while under the influence. The woman with whose car she collided with faces an ongoing battle to reclaim a normal life.

In addition to the economic cost of medical care and possibly the loss of work during her lengthy hospital recovery, it is at least possible that she has also experienced non-economic damages in terms of pain, suffering, and the loss of the ability to lead the once-normal life she had before the accident.

Drunk driving accidents take a severe human toll even when no fatalities are involved. While a personal injury law firm cannot undo the damage that has been done, it can be helpful in seeking through the civil legal system financial compensation for the physical and emotional injuries that the victims have incurred.

Source: WBNS, "Nurse Charged with Drunk Driving Following Pub Crawl for Cancer," Shelby Croft, Oct. 17, 2014

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