Wake-Up Call: A Drunk Driver Rear-Ended an OPD Patrol Car

October 19, 2015

Last week, an Orlando police officer was stopped at a red light at the intersection of International and Altamira Drive over by the Artegon Marketplace just before midnight when he was rear-ended by a drunk driver in an SUV.

The squad car was completely totaled by the wreck. The officer was trapped in the car for hours following the accident until rescue teams were able to free him. Fortunately, he was not critically harmed and is expected to make a full recovery from minor injuries.

The driver, a 25-year-old native, was arrested and is facing numerous charges including reckless driving and driving under the influence resulting in personal injuries.

When intoxicated drivers cause injuries, they open themselves up to a variety of legal issues. Driving drunk is a criminal offense, and perpetrators are often subject to a criminal trial. However, that does not bar individuals harmed due to a drunk driver’s actions from filing a civil lawsuit as well.

Also, the driver may not be the only part liable for the accident. If a bar continues to serve a patron after they are already drunk, and then allows them to drive, they too could potentially be open to lawsuits from people injured by actions of the drunk driver.

If you are hit by a drunk driver, contact a personal injury attorney immediately so that they can help fight for fair compensation for personal and property damages. Keep in mind that the driver’s insurance will likely try to reach a settlement as fast as possible, for as little as possible. Calling a lawyer to help negotiate a settlement, or take your case to court if need be, may be your best chance at getting what you deserve.

McBride, Scicchitano & Leacox, L.L.C.Orlando personal injury lawyers

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