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Man Charged With Intoxication Assault in Central Austin Car Crash; What Are Victims’ Options for Recovery?

On Monday, a car crash in Central Austin severely injured two people.

Martin Arturo Bernal-Sanchez was found very intoxicated—slumped over, throwing up, and smelling of alcohol—at the crash scene. He was charged with intoxication assault.

The victims—one, a passenger in Bernal-Sanchez’s car, and two, the other driver—have options for recovering medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Bernal-Sanchez’s passenger needs surgery for several fractured bones and facial lacerations. What are the options for recovering a personal injury settlement as a passenger?

If the other driver is found to be at fault for your accident, such as in the case of Bernal-Sanchez, who was clearly intoxicated, you are entitled to claim full compensation for every aspect of the situation from your medical expenses and lost income to the pain and suffering you have experienced.

The most important thing to do is to obtain all of the evidence and statements from both parties so that the facts remain clear. Even in instances where the opposing party is blatantly liable, such as in this recent car crash, we have seen them file lawsuits against our clients that, while egregious, still must be dealt with.

Bernal-Sanchez, as a drunk driver, contributed to the harrowing statistic that we have seen evidence of all too often—every twenty minutes, across the state of Texas, someone is hurt or killed by a drunk driver. This is unacceptable. If you have been affected by a drunk driver, we urge you to take legal action. Call our firm today to speak with us about your case.