It is often not a surprise that an accident involving drunk driving leads to serious injuries, and the results can be devastating for those close to the incident. If a drunk driver strikes an individual who is not inside another vehicle, the possibility of severe injuries could be considerably higher. If an individual does suffer such injuries under similar circumstances, legal claims could result.
It was recently reported that a Georgia Highway Emergency Response Operators, or HERO, worker was hit by a drunk driver. The incident took place when the worker was attending to an accident that had happened previously. The HERO worker was setting up flares to block traffic when a vehicle hit him and then hit another vehicle.
The accident led to the worker suffering serious injuries, and he is considered to be in critical condition. The driver of the car was considered to be under the influence at the time of the accident, and as a result, she is facing charges for DUI, reckless driving and other violations. At the time of the report, she was being held on a $77,500 bond. Authorities are continuing to investigate, and they believe it is likely that dashboard cameras from police vehicles attending to the earlier accident may have recorded the crash involving the HERO worker.
Because this Georgia incident was caused by a drunk driver, the seriously injured party likely has cause to file a personal injury claim. The injuries he suffered could lead to considerable medical bills as well as pain and suffering and other damages. If he wishes to file a claim, he may be able to receive compensation for those costs and damages incurred.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Bond set at $77,500 in accident that left HERO operator critical”, Steve Visser, Aug. 3, 2015