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Man may lose leg following alleged drunk driving accident

An Oklahoma man may face life as an amputee following a car accident that occurred on June 9 at around 12:40 a.m. An officer with the Chickasha Police Department responded to the wreck and arrested the driver of a red truck following treatment for his injuries at the hospital. The victim of the accident was reportedly outside of his vehicle on the shoulder of the highway at the time of the collision. The police report noted that his truck and trailer were parked clear of the fog line.

Upon questioning the truck driver, the officer reported suspicion that this had been a drunk driving accident. The officer stated that the man smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. The driver also admitted to having finished the last of three beers at Salt Creek Casino just an hour prior to the wreck. The man now faces charges of failure to maintain a single lane of traffic, DUI and DUI causing great bodily harm. No information on the driver's bond amount was available.

The victim of the accident suffered severe trauma to his left leg, and Oklahoma University Hospital physicians indicated that amputation would likely be necessary. A statement or indication of desire to pursue a civil claim against the alleged drunk driver was not available.

In this case, the victim's life has been irrevocably changed by the negligence of another driver. Beyond the emotional trauma of a changed lifestyle due to loss of a limb, he may also face numerous financial challenges. These could include the need for occupational therapy, rehabilitation, continued surgery and loss of income. Successful criminal prosecution of the liable driver may provide more evidence that bolsters a civil claim for damages, but a personal injury attorney may be able to help even without a criminal conviction.

Source: Chickashaw news, "Man could lose leg after highway DUI accident", James Bright, June 10, 2013

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