Blue '95 Volvo 850 Saved our Lives
Be substantially insured for uninsured motorist and DUI wrecks...
8:55 PM on a Friday evening in September 2005, it happened to us. The
33 year old wife and Mom that was DUI that hit us had a BAC of .13.
After work my husband and I met for dinner out. Then we were returning
from shopping for supplies for my job as a paraeducator in our local
school district when it happened. My husband says that the only
warning he had was seeing one headlight, then BOOM! I don't remember
the actual wreck. I was knocked out and had a concussion. The story we've been told is
the other driver was avoiding a phantom car, and had slammed on the
brakes, leaving enough rubber on the road to slow down from 68 to 0.
The car was going much faster than that, though. When the brakes were
released, the wheel evidently had already been cranked to the left, so
the car made an uncontrolled U-turn, mid intersection, hitting our car
multiple times while spinning both cars around, resulting in them both
facing the opposite directions that they had originally been
traveling. Our car was hit with such force that it was shoved
completely off the road, all the way onto the sidewalk, stopping facing
a big light pole, with around a foot of space between our car and the
light pole. The road was seven lanes wide. I believe the other car
had been in it's right lane of three lanes. Our car was in the middle
or left lane of three lanes.
My husband had:
The main injury still continues: the emotional affects. It shows up daily, surprising us how it shows it's daunting face in yet another way. Unless you have broken bones, are maimed, or death is involved, there really is no substantial support system for the victims, and little, if any, support from society. Even with our lifelong injuries, we the victims, seem to have no rights.
The case against the DUI driver is the prosecutor's case. They are not representing the victim, but are representing the city against the person that broke the law. The case can drag on and on. The driver that hit us is not facing trial until 15 months after the wreck due to the multiple continuances of the case for the defendant to 'continue negotiating' the case.
For a DUI driver to be charged with vehicular assault, rather than a misdemeanor, the victim typically has to have broken bones, be maimed, or death must have been involved.
Try doing a web search on DUI victims rights. Add the two letter abbreviation for your state. What do you typically find? MADD and maybe a DUI or DWI Victims Panel. Other than that , there's usually a long list of attorneys for the DUI driver. Why is it this way?
More will be added, including many of the photos, as time permits.
It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
~ Samuel Johnson