A pregnant woman and a man were the victims of a terrifying drunk driving accident in Pleasant Grove, Texas, last Wednesday, reported DallasNews.
The two victims were struck in a head-on collision at about 2:30 a.m. by Eduardo Rodarte-Ortiz, 27. Rodarte-Ortiz was driving a Mercedes-Benz east in westbound lanes before striking the victims’ Saturn head-on. Police reported Rodarte-Ortiz was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
The male victim, a 19-year-old, was pinned inside the Saturn. Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to the incident on Military Parkway near South Buckner Boulevard. The extracted the victim from the vehicle.
He, along with a 23-year-old pregnant woman, and Rodarte-Ortiz were transported to a local hospital to be assessed for injuries. The 19-year-old is in critical condition with a broken femur and internal bleeding. The woman was reported to be in stable condition.
Rodarte-Ortiz was released from the hospital with minor injuries into the custody of law enforcement. He was taken to Lew Sterrett Jail, and will face charges of intoxication assault.
Victims of Drunk Drivers
A drunk driver can change your life forever. Driving intoxicated is one of the most selfish things an individual can do. They do so without regard for themselves or others. If you find yourself or a loved one victimized by a drunk driver, you deserve to seek justice to the fullest extent of the law. This means you should make a police report to file criminal charges. It also means speaking to an experienced DUI attorney to file a civil suit. In a civil suit, you can sue the reckless driver for damages.
Types of Damages
In your civil suit, you will likely be seeking two types of damages:
Special Damages – These can be measured by a direct value. For example, the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and permanent injury all tend to be easily quantifiable.
General Damages – These are not so easy to put a number on. How much is your pain and suffering worth? How much should the drunk driver have to pay for your ongoing mental anguish?
An attorney can help you understand the amount of compensation to which you are entitled. Your lawyer will negotiate on your behalf with the defendant’s attorney. For a legal expert to fight for the compensation you deserve after your DUI accident, contact Attorney Joe Luce at 972-346-5180.