Police charged a 43-year-old man from Hummelstown with driving while under the influence after he was involved in a head-on crash that led to two people being hospitalized. According to Pennsylvania State Police, the vehicle the man was operating crossed the roadway and went through the guardrail. He struck another vehicle being operated by a 74-year-old man from Harrisburg. The incident took place around 5:45 p.m. on April 10.
Both drivers were taken by helicopter to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for treatment. A 61-year-old woman who was a passenger in the vehicle that was struck had no injuries. Police report that both people in the vehicle that was struck were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident. The driver who lost control of his vehicle was not wearing his seat belt. The conditions of the hospitalized drivers were not available at the time of the report.
While injury claims arising from the actions of an intoxicated driver can seem very straightforward, there are a number of factors in play. The negligence of the at-fault party needs to be supported by evidence, and long-term medical concerns should be discussed before plaintiffs arrive at a settlement with the driver's insurance carrier.
Injuries sustained during car accidents can last for many years. A settlement should cover the immediate medical costs along with long-term care expenses, including therapy. A value will need to be assigned to pain and suffering, and plaintiffs ought to also seek compensation for missed work time and lost physical or mental capabilities following the accident. The claim might also include additional compensation to factor in the negligent behavior of the at-fault driver in the time leading up to the incident.
Source: PennLive, "Two men injured in Dauphin County car crash," Christian Alexandersen, April 11, 2015