One Joyous, One Tragic Result From Tarrant County Accidents

3713568_G.jpgHere’s an amazing story: a young woman from the Fort Worth area just graduated from college years after nearly dying in an horrific car wreck.

In 2009 Emily Hernandez was driving to classes at the University of North Texas in Denton when her truck hit a guardrail in Fort Worth on Loop 820 and flew off of a bridge. Her friend in the passenger seat was killed. Emily barely survived. She suffered injuries that included a brain hemorrhage, collapsed lungs, and a broken back and neck. She ended up being paralyzed from the waist down.

But Emily was determined to get better and to not let her paralysis interfere with her getting an education. She made a goal to walk across the stage on her graduation day. To do it, she underwent years of physical therapy. Students raised money to buy her special leg braces that could help her walk. She studied hard and graduated with not one but two majors.

On graduation day, Emily walked across the stage in an incredibly moving moment “I am a force to be reckoned with,” she proudly exclaimed. With her attitude, she is on her way to fulfilling her dream of becoming an art teacher. Congratulations, Emily! You are incredible.

Compare this inspiring story with all the ones about people whose lives are cut short by car and motorcycle accidents, often caused by drug and alcohol intoxication, distracted driving, or both. Just yesterday, an 18-year-old Arlington woman was arrested for not stopping and helping her 17-year-old passenger who fell out of her moving vehicle on South Cooper Street and later died. The driver and passenger are suspected of being intoxicated.

Driving while distracted (DWD) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) cause an astonishing number of collisions in Texas. Those injured in a crash due to another driver’s actions should consider filing a claim or a lawsuit against the responsible driver to recover medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and other damages that the law allows. Those who seek to file a lawsuit should hire an experienced board certified personal injury attorney who will fight for their interests.

I have been representing Texans injured in collisions for 34 years. I have offices where I can meet clients in Fort Worth, Arlington, Dallas, and Houston, I only represent people who have been injured in vehicle accidents, especially those hit by drivers who are DWI. If you want an experienced Board Certified Fort Worth personal injury attorney who will provide you with compassionate legal representation, contact my office today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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