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Drunk driver causes serious injuries to Pennsylvania driver

There are so many dangerous things that Pennsylvania drivers can do while on the roads. In this age of technology and multi-tasking, it's rare that someone is actually paying attention to the roadways around them. As dangerous as distracted drivers are, they pale in comparison with drunk drivers. When people get behind the wheel of a car after having too much to drink, they risk their lives and the lives of the people around them. A drunk driving accident can cause so much damage in the blink of an eye.

Recently, a 30-year-old man was charged with felony DUI following a car accident that he caused. According to police, the man was driving with a blood alcohol limit of .176 percent -- which is more than twice the legal limit. While driving, the man's car crossed the center line of a roadway and hit another car. The man's car then continued on and hit a sign and utility pole before coming to a stop.

This car accident caused significant damage to the driver of the car that was hit. That driver suffered head injuries. Additionally, the accident shattered the man's right leg including his ankle and knee cap. The accident also caused him to suffer a broken knee cap on his left leg. Although the accident occurred in July, the man is still receiving physical therapy for the injuries he suffered in the accident. In order to get to this point, he has had to undergo reconstructive surgery on his leg. Furthermore, the accident caused over $2,600 in property damage.

As this case demonstrates, drunk driving car accidents are very expensive and damaging for the victims. However, the victims should know that they can bring a personal injury suit against a drunk driver. This suit will help to compensate the victim for medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitative costs and other costs associated with the accident.

Source: Bensalem Patch, "Bensalem Man Charged in DUI Crash," Theresa Katalinas, Oct. 22, 2013

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