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Houston car accident crushes man's legs

A car accident can happen suddenly and without warning, forever changing someone's life. A recent news story making headlines in Texas involves a woman accused of driving drunk who caused a car accident that sent a man to the hospital after pinning him between two vehicles. He had pulled over to change a flat tire on Houston's North Loop at approximately 11:45 p.m. on March 23 when the car accident occurred.

A police officer stopped to assist the man, turning on her vehicle's overhead lights and parking behind his vehicle. When the officer exited her vehicle and approached the man, a silver Toyota Corolla struck the back of her police cruiser.

The impact of the car accident caused the cruiser to lurch into the driver's car. He had unfortunately been standing between the cruiser and his own vehicle, and both of his legs were crushed. He was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital, where he was reported to be in serious condition.

The woman was arrested and is now facing charges of intoxication assault stemming from the car accident. Although she is facing criminal charges and will have to answer for her actions in court, there is a real possibility that the victim may lose both of his legs and could have lost his life. The seriously injured man may have the legal basis under Texas law to file a personal claim against all parties determined to be negligent in causing his injuries. While financial compensation will not undo what happened to him, it can help cover the likely substantial medical costs incurred and may serve as a sense of justice by holding negligent parties accountable for their actions.

Source: KTRK, "Man seriously injured by suspected drunk driver," March 24, 2012

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