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Duo hurt after being struck by allegedly impaired motorist

On the morning of Feb. 24, a reportedly impaired motorist rammed into three parked vehicles in Long Beach, one of which contained a man and woman. The pair was hurt after the car accident, which occurred on Palo Verde Avenue near Metz Street.

According to a police spokeswoman, the 27-year-old female driver from Bellflower was taken into custody and charged with felony DUI. She was held in jail pending the payment of $100,000 in bail. The pair was transported to a medical facility for treatment. Although the extent of their injuries is unknown, they were reported to be non-life-threatening.

After an injury-accident, the involved parties may feel traumatized because of the unexpected turn of events. The woman who caused the accident faces criminal charges because of her poor choices related to drinking and driving. However, the victims could now be held financially liable for a number of related expenses for an accident they didn't even cause. These include damage to their vehicle, hospital expenses, charges of medical professionals, prescriptions, possible therapy, counseling and time off work.

In addition to a sense of closure conferred by the criminal charges lodged against the offender, the victims might be able to file a civil lawsuit to hold the woman accountable for her part in the accident. A personal injury attorney may be able to help them begin the process of pursuing financial compensation. The attorney might be able to negotiate a settlement with the involved parties and may consider a number of factors that victims could overlook that might increase the settlement amount. If the involved parties refuse to settle, the attorney might take the claim to court.

Source: Contra Costa Times, "Pair injured while sitting in parked car hit by alleged drunk driver," Phillip Zonkel, Feb. 24, 2013

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