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Drunk Driver Critically Injures Harrisburg Teen
An alleged drunk driver critically injured a Harrisburg teen that was standing outside his vehicle with a friend when the crash occurred. The teen’s car had stalled due to a dead battery. His friend had just arrived to help jump-start the car when the drunk driver hit both teens. It was dark and raining when the drunk driver crashed into the stalled vehicle pushing it into the friend’s truck according to the sheriff.
The Harrisburg teen was taken to a hospital in Springfield with life-threatening injuries. The other teen reportedly only suffered minor injuries from the crash but was also taken to the hospital for evaluation of injuries. As for the drunk driver, he was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation of injuries that were considered not life-threatening. He was soon released and charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, reckless driving, reckless endangering and driving under the influence of intoxicants. The sheriff’s office reported his blood-alcohol level at .158 percent, nearly twice the legal limit under Oregon law.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help the Harrisburg teen. His injuries reportedly include a fractured pelvis and knee, two spinal fractures and the loss of his leg. If you would like to help this young man and his family, please consider donating to his GoFundMe page here bit.ly/2EUgU01.
How to be Safe When Your Vehicle Stalls
Having your vehicle stall can be a terrifying experience; especially if it happens while you are cruising down the highway. The following are some tips to help keep yourself safe in the event that your vehicle stalls.
The moment you suspect your vehicle is failing, pull over to the side of the road. Remember to signal and be courteous to other drivers. If you are unable to pull over, remain in the lane but do not get out of the vehicle. Instead turn on your hazard lights and call the police for help.
Never try to cross a highway on foot. Instead, stay in your vehicle, turn on your hazard lights and call for help. It is also a good idea to watch for approaching traffic. If you see someone coming too close to your vehicle, honk to try to get their attention.
If you absolutely must get out of the car, do so on the side of the vehicle closest to the side of the road (usually the right side). If you must stand outside your vehicle, only stand in front of any oncoming traffic.
Even if you are mechanically inclined, never work on a vehicle in an area that is unsafe to do so. It is incredibly dangerous next to moving traffic even with emergency warning devices such as flares or safety triangles.
Eugene Car Accident Lawyer
Serious injuries from a car accident can be very costly. If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you need an experienced car accident lawyer in Eugene to handle your case. The experienced personal injury attorneys of Parke Gordon Law Firm are here to help in an otherwise trying time. Our law office will work hard to make sure your medical bills are paid and to get you the compensation you deserve. Call our law office in Eugene now for a free consultation at (541)485-4878. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case.
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