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Car accident costs Sugar Land man arm and leg

Auto accidents happen in Sugar Land, Texas, just like they do elsewhere. Some are more serious than others, but one car accident that happened on Oct. 10 seems especially tragic. This hit-and-run accident left one man with serious injuries that required the amputation of a leg and an arm.

The rear-end accident happened on U.S. Highway 59 at around 4 a.m. as the 30-year-old man and his wife were pushing their stalled car along the southbound lanes of the road when another car struck them from behind. The driver of the second car did not stop to offer aid but instead fled the scene on foot, leaving his own car at the scene of the accident. The man was later arrested at his home in Sugar Land. He was charged with intoxication assault and failing to stop and render aid.

The victim was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital by Life Flight. He later underwent surgery to have his arm and leg amputated. It is not clear whether or not his wife was injured, though it was said she was later released to family.

In Texas, as elsewhere, people have a right to be safe from the negligent acts of others. When a person is injured or killed through no fault of their own, states allow for victims and their families to bring lawsuits against those who are responsible. The injured man will no doubt face staggering medical costs, lost work time and a great deal of pain and suffering. And while a criminal conviction will not help him get the financial assistance he needs, it can bolster a civil case seeking monetary damages.

Source: The Sugar Land Sun, "Man loses arm, leg in hit-and-run accident," Cory Stottlemyer, Oct. 10, 2011

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