A 31-year-old Evansville man was involved in two separate car accidents within minutes of each other recently. The driver was suspected of intoxication and ultimately tested positive for a mix of drugs including methamphetamine, marijuana, and benzodiazepines.
The first crash was deemed to be a hit-and-run accident. The intoxicated driver, travelling in a Chevy Trailblazer, crossed the center line of a two-lane road and sideswiped an oncoming vehicle. He then kept going. Less than 10 minutes later, a second accident occurred involving a total of three vehicles. The SUV first sideswiped another oncoming vehicle causing the driver to swerve off the road, then hit a minivan travelling behind her head-on. The driver of the minivan was an 80-year-old woman who was seriously injured with several broken bones.
The man was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI) with serious bodily injury, OWI refusal and never receiving a license. All of these are misdemeanor charges in Indiana with the exception of OWI with bodily injury, which is considered a Class 6 felony. The OWI refusal charge is a result of the driver's refusal to be tested for drug use. However, he claimed to be injured in the accident as well and was subsequently transferred to a hospital where blood and urine screens were performed.
Anyone injured in a car accident that involves an intoxicated driver should be entitled to compensation. An experienced attorney can make sure an injured party is treated fairly and justly in a matter by the insurance company. Attempting to navigate these types of matters on your own may result in far lesser compensation that what you are actually entitled to.