Drunk Driver Circumvents Vehicle Ignition Device Resulting in Serious Injury Accident
Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2013 – Some drunk drivers just do not “get” it. The one in this case certainly did not.
“Some drunk drivers realize the error of their ways, and do something constructive about it. Others, like the one in this case, find more and more creative ways to keep on drinking and driving, and the consequences be darned,” said Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “If you can believe this, a 45-year-old man with a prior conviction for DWI, jiggered with his vehicle ignition device, designed to stop drunks from driving, and once he succeeded in circumventing it, he drove anyway. What happened? His lack of common sense resulted in a brutal head-on collision that left one woman in serious condition and facing a long recovery time as a result of her injuries.”
The indicted driver was four sheets to the wind on February 22, 2012, when he decided to disable his ignition control device and go for a ride. Since his judgment was obviously impaired, he was noted traveling at a high rate of speed on the highway, weaving back and forth and drifting over the double yellow traffic lane markers, passing anyone he could. On his second or third attempt to pass others, he pulled out into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
On arrest, the man blew .18 percent, a figure that represents more than half the legal limit. Noting the man had a prior conviction for DWI, the police charged him with reckless driving, first-degree vehicular assault, aggravated vehicular assault, felony DWI, first-degree assault, felony aggravated DWI, and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
“It doesn’t get much worse than this,” added Lee, “and the man may well spend a long time behind bars. Whether or not the family will file a personal injury lawsuit to claim compensation for the woman’s injuries is not clear. However, they would most definitely have a solid case. There is more than just negligence here and the case speaks for itself. We take DWI plaintiff cases seriously, and if you have been in a situation like this, make an appointment for your free consultation. We can certainly assist you in obtaining compensation.”
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