A South Florida man who was involved in a car accident six months ago may is a little closer to seeing justice in his case. Last week, the woman responsible for the crash was arrested on two counts of DUI. According to authorities, the woman had been drinking with a friend at Hooters in Pembroke Pines.
Police records show that the woman had a blood-alcohol level over three times the legal limit and that she had been driving a minimum of 60 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone. She ended up rear-ending the victim’s car. That crash left the 60-year-old driver with a broken neck, and he is now a quadriplegic on a ventilator. His 57-year-old wife suffered multiple injuries and was left in a coma for three weeks.
For reasons not mentioned by sources, it wasn’t until late last month that the woman was arrested. Sources do not mention whether the couple will be pursuing personal damages against the woman. In cases like this, it often happens that pursuing such litigation is not worth the trouble. If the offending party doesn’t have the resources to pay a judgment, the victim isn’t going to benefit financially from pursuing the case, at least not to the extent they should.
In some cases, it is possible to find another responsible party with a greater ability to pay damages. It isn’t clear whether the bar at which the woman was drinking prior to the crash in this case would qualify, but in some cases establishments which serve alcohol can be held liable. It all depends on the circumstances, and it is important to work with an experienced attorney when looking into such issues and evaluating the possibility of pursuing a personal injury case.
Source: Sun Sentinel, “Crash that left Davie man paralyzed caused by drunken driver, deputies say,” Mike Clary, October 3, 2014.